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Williams Fork Fire

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Incident Contacts

Public Infromation Line
Phone: 970-445-2910
Hours: 8-4:30 M-F

Highlighted Activity

10/08/2020 Forest closure area
To provide additional access to hunters near the Williams Fork Fire, Arapaho National Forest managers have lifted closures on the northern portions of Beaver Creek Road (Forest Service Road 133)...
Closure - 10/08/2020
Williams Fork PIO Map Oct 26, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

Williams Fork Fire Update October 25, 2020 
Weather and Fire Behavior: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Monday morning. Currently, the forecast is predicting approximately 4-8 inches of snow with up to 12 inches by the Continental Divide and Jones Pass. As the cold front hits the area, temperatures are expected to drop down to the single digits with a windchill bringing it down to -10 degrees by this evening. Although the snow is expected to slow fire activity, large downed logs and other large fuels under the forest canopy will still smolder. Temperatures are forecasted to gradually warm back up beginning Tuesday.

Williams Fork Fire: Yesterday, three engines continued to monitor the fire perimeter as winds increased fire activity. The fire remained within the fireline perimeter. Equipment, such as pumps and hoses, was returned from the fireline to the cache before the snow arrives. Helicopters and air tankers will be available to support with both water and retardant as needed and as conditions allow.
County/Evacuations: Evacuation levels continue to be implemented across Grand County and around the East Troublesome Fire area. For Grand County, updates are provided by Emergency Management and can be found at gcemergency.com. Grand County Sheriff office has developed a program to minimize potential damage due to plumbing issues in the Fire evacuation areas with approaching weather and freezing conditions. Visit the Grand County Sheriff Facebook page for more information. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has evacuated public from within the area closure to the north of the fire. Please visit the Larimer County site for evacuations in the Thompson Zone.
Closures: Forest closures are in place for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. All of the Rocky Mountain National Park is closed. There is an area closure on the Bureau of Land Management – Kremmling Field Office lands.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman-caused
Date of OriginFriday August 14th, 2020 approx. 11:43 AM
Location9.5 miles SW of Fraser, CO
Incident CommanderNoel Livingston
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.851 latitude, -106.065 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel42
Size14,749 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

The carrier of the fire is beetle killed lodge-pole-spruce-fir stands (TL9). All fuels are critically dry due to prolonged drought. The other primary fuel is dense stand of spruce-fir.

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

Expect smoldering in heavy fuels. No growth expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Winter Storm Warning until 0700 Monday Morning. East winds 5 to 10 mph overnight. Gust around 15 mph in the evening. Snow continues overnight. Excellent humidity recovery. Lows -5 to 5. Wind chill -10 to -20 Sunday night