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Middle Fork Fire

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Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Fire Information
Phone: 970-439-4725
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

10/20/2020 Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect
United States Department of Agriculture Stage II fire restrictions emphasized by Routt National Forest and Sulphur Ranger District; Forest closure would be next step (STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.)...
Announcement - 10/20/2020
Jackson County Fire Closure Map for the Mullen, Middle Fork, East Troublesome, and Cameron Peak FiresImage options: [ Full Size ]

Middle Fork Fire Fact Sheet - 10/25/2020     Acres: 20,433     Containment:  10%

Middle Fork Fire Containment Increases to 10%

Today’s Situation: Due to a wintery storm today, with moderate to heavy snow, firefighters will monitor the fire from safe locations.  Snow is expected to taper off Sunday night and firefighters will return to the fire area on Monday to assess the impact of snow accumulation on fire behavior. The Middle Fork Fire is currently 20,433 acres with 10% containment.

Please be aware of trail and road closures that are included in the Middle Fork Fire Public Safety Closure Order. To view the order and closure map, please visit inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7153/. Please avoid the closure area to allow firefighting resources to safely travel to and throughout the incident to perform suppression operations.

Weather:
Cooler temperatures today, with gusty winds in the afternoon. A strong weather system will drive a cold front through the area Sunday with snow and colder temperatures.

Today-
Cloudy with snow showers. Highs 28-33 degrees and relative humidity of 65-70%.  Southwest winds 3-5 mph with gusts to 18 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight-
Mostly Cloudy with numerous snow showers become scattered overnight. Lows -3 to 1 degrees and relative humidity 80-85%. East winds 5-10 mph with gusts to 20mph in the evening.

Fire Behavior:
Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering, and backing fire towards the northeast, northwest and southeast is possible. Cold temperatures and snow is expected to keep fire behavior minimal through today and into Monday.

Firefighting Resources:
Approximately 97 personnel are assigned to the fire, including three helicopters, two single engine airtankers, one air attack aviation supervision module, two hotshot crews, two engines, and multiple overhead positions.

Evacuations:
There are no evacuation or pre-evacuation orders in effect for Routt County. Pre-evacuations are in place in Jackson County for Rainbow Lakes, Aqua Fria, as well as the Teal and Tiago Lake areas. This alert is not intended for the Rainbow Lakes Residential Community. This notification from Jackson County was primarily made for hunters, and ranchers with cattle in those areas. The County provides tips for wildfire preparedness, including planning for pets and livestock, on their website at http://www.co.routt.co.us/309/Fire-Safety-Tips-for-Rural-Residents. To sign up for alerts, visit http://routtcountyalerts.com or https://jacksoncountyor.org/emergency/Resources/Citizen-Alert or RouttCountyAlerts.com

Fire Restrictions:
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in Routt and Jackson counties, on the Routt National Forest, and across much of Northwest Colorado. For additional information, please visit the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbr/home

For information on the East Troublesome Fire, Please call 970-445-2910

East Troublesome Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastTroublesomeFire

East Troublesome InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationRoutt National Forest, Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, approximately 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Incident CommanderScott Nilson
Incident DescriptionFull Supression
Coordinates40.628 latitude, -106.794 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel99
Size20,433 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained12%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering, and backing fire towards the northeast, northwest and southeast is possible.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to assess opportunities for indirect and direct line construction and implement as resource needs allow while utilizing natural barriers as holding features.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior will be minimal overnight. Showers are predicted for the evening and overnight. Winds will be out of the east around 10 mph. RH expected to recover to 85%.

Monday: Minimal fire behavior with snow showers continuing through the day. Wind gusts expected up to 18 mph. High temperatures around 35 and minimum RH around 50%.

Monday Night: Minimal fire behavior is expected. Lows near -4 degrees with RH near 80%.

Tuesday: Minimal fire spread. Max temperature near 39 degrees and min RH around 35%.

Remarks

Area closure was expanded and signed on 10-12-2020.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in Routt and Jackson counties, on all the Routt National Forest, and across much of Northwest Colorado. For additional information, please visit the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbr/home

Please be aware of additional trails and roads that are included in the Middle Fork Fire Public Safety Closure Order. To view the order and closure map, please visit inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7153/.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong cold front will continue to move south of the I-70 corridor this evening bringing snow to much of the area. Bitter cold temperatures behind the front will result in snow showers lingering over the southern ranges and Four Corners Monday evening. Expect strong gusts to continue this evening ahead and along the front. However, this system and its associated moisture should bring relief from critical fire weather conditions through next weekend.