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Granite Lake Fire

Unit Information

White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Incident Contact

Sopris Ranger District
Phone: 970-963-2266
Hours: M-F, 8am - 4pm

Highlighted Activity

10/09/2019 Final Granite Lake Fire Update
This will be the final update for the Granite Lake Fire unless there are significant changes to report on the incident. For further information on the Granite Lake Fire please call the Sopris Ranger..
News - 10/09/2019
Aerial view of Granite Lake Fire taken 10/2/19Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Granite Lake Fire was detected on September 21 in the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness, approximately 13 miles southeast of Meredith, Colorado. It has been relatively inactive until recent dry, windy weather increased fire activity. Smoke from the fire may be visible from surrounding communities.

The fire resulted from a natural ignition on a steep slope at approximately 11,000 feet in elevation. Wind has pushed the fire across patches of high alpine vegetation and avalanche paths.

Steep, rocky terrain raises concerns about firefighter exposure in a backcountry firefighting environment. Fire managers have formulated objectives to protect firefighter and public safety based on the fire’s lack of proximity to values at risk (such as cabins and utility infrastructure), the remote Wilderness location and fall weather that will likely moderate fire behavior. Natural barriers such as cliff bands will be used by fire managers to check the fire and maintain wilderness integrity.

The Granite Lake fire will likely burn and smolder until a season-ending event occurs. In the meantime, firefighters will remain assigned to the incident, patrolling the fire area from the ground and air. Variances in weather, topography and available fuels will affect the fire’s behavior and at times it may become more active with increased smoke. Smoke may be visible in the coming weeks from Summit County, the Homestake Valley in Eagle County, Leadville in Lake County, and parts of the upper Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Valleys in Pitkin County.

Inciweb and the Granite Lake Facebook page will continue to be updated as fire activity merits.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 21st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Location13 miles SE of Meredith, CO
Incident CommanderRita Clipperton, White River National Forest
Coordinates39.206 latitude, -106.579 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel36
Size720 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained2%
Estimated Containment DateSunday December 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Avalanche debris, mixed conifer forest, dead and down fuels.

Significant Events

Backing, short duration runs, spotting

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red flag warning for today and tomorrow with gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.