Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Incident Information Group
East Troublesome-Grand Zone Fire Update
October 28, 2020
Weather and Fire Behavior: Low temperatures yesterday kept much of the snow from melting throughout the fire area. Overnight lows were once again into the single digits. Today, the forecast shows temperatures slowly rising to high 30s with light winds. The dryness in the air may cause sublimation where much of the snow will evaporate instead of melt into the dry fuels and ground. The snow has slowed fire activity; however, it is not expected to be enough to put the fire out. The low temperatures along with snow has meant no growth in the fire perimeter. Due to weather conditions an infrared flight has not been flown since the 25th. The change in acreage for the East Troublesome Fire is due to more accurate mapping collected from aerial resources yesterday, with the growth occurring on the 25th.
East Troublesome Fire – Grand Zone: Yesterday, fire leadership scouted and assessed the current conditions of the fire and fireline, holding most crews back at the incident command post due to snowy and icy conditions on the fireline. Along the Hwy 34 corridor within Rocky Mountain National Park, firefighters identified and started clearing hazard trees that pose a threat to falling along the roadway. In addition, crews completed some mop up near Table Mountain where snowmelt has occurred. These weather conditions provided a pause in fire activity, allowing crews the opportunity to maintain and prepare their equipment while staging. Fire managers and elected officials met in the afternoon for a briefing on the latest information on the fire, evacuations, and impacts to the local community.
Today, leadership will continue to assess the conditions determining when and how firefighters can engage the fire safely and efficiently. As conditions allow, firefighters along the Hwy 34 corridor will continue mopping up, extinguishing remaining hot spots along the fire perimeter. In the areas along the Hwy 40 corridor and north of Hot Sulphur Springs, the snow helped suppress the fire in those light fuels of grass and sage brush. Firefighters may start preparing a contingency fireline in Rocky Mountain National Park by falling and clearing dead trees along the East Inlet trail corridor. As the snow begins to recede, firefighters will start to identify suppression repair work such as rehabbing dozer lines.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday October 14th, 2020 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||N of Hot Sulphur Springs, CO|
|Incident Commander||Noel Livingston|
|Incident Description||Wind Driven Wildfire|
|Coordinates||40.201 latitude, -106.234 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||30%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday November 10th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Grass, sage, and lodgepole pine
|Projected Incident Activity|
Expect the fire to smolder in heavier concentrations of dead/downed fuels. No growth expected. Smoke impacts in valleys lower slopes. .
The Pacific Northwest 3 Type 1 Team is managing this incident along with the Williams Fork Incident. The resources assigned on the PNW3 type 1 team are reflected on the 209 for East Troublesome.
Overnight low temps 14 F. Overnight humidity recovery moderate to good. Calm winds.