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Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
2250 South Main St.
Delta, CO 81416

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Simms Fire Info
Phone: 970-765-7176

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05/31/2022 Simms Fire Update May 31, 2022
Simms Fire UpdateTuesday, May 31, 2022 – 9:00am Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests Type 4 Incident Management TeamPatrick Blair, Incident CommanderFinal Update:We would like to.
News - 05/31/2022
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The Simms Fire was reported at approximately 3:45 p.m. on May 19, 2022. Fire started near USFS managed lands and private land. Fire was wind driven and burned to the northeast on to BLM managed lands and is approximately 15 miles southwest of Montrose, Colorado. Fire is burning in Ouray County. USFS is managing the fire as a full-suppression fire. Strong winds in the afternoon created active fire behavior with running, multiple tree torching and spotting in pinyon/juniper, Gambel oak brush and grasslands. Fire Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive on May 20, 2022. Fire is under investigation.  

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday May 19th, 2022 approx. 04:18 PM
Location14 Miles Southwest of Montrose,CO
Incident CommanderType 3 Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates38.286 latitude, -107.938 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel49
Size313 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday May 23rd, 2022 approx. 03:30 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Fuels are pine and pine mixed with juniper with brush and grass in the understory

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

Continue to secure contained fire line and mop-up to prevent fire spread.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is currently smoldering in heavy dead and down fuels, including stumps.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperatures will remain low today ranging in the low to mid 60’s. Winds will increase this afternoon with gusts up to 25 mph. Humidity will remain higher between 12-17%. Wednesday and Thursday will bring some relief from the wind. We can expect continued dry weather and warmer temperatures as the week progresses. Winds will increase on Friday and continue throughout the weekend.