Keystone Fire pm update 07/16/2017
Incident: Keystone Fire Wildfire
The fire managers and Albany County Sheriff’s Department will continue to evaluate if evacuation orders for Rambler and Lake Creek can safely be lifted. Evacuations will remain in effect for the communities of Keystone, lower Keystone, Moores Gulch, and scattered residences within the US Forest Service (USFS) closure area until the closure order is modified. The USFS closure order and map can be found at this link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbr/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5139680&width=full. The modification of the closure order will be based on public and firefighter safety.
Today, skies were mostly clear in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms and hail in the afternoon. Reported rain fall was 0.01 inches at the Keystone weather station and 0.09 inches at Cinnabar Park. The high temperature today was near 75F and minimum relative humidity was in the 20s. Tomorrow winds will be light and out of the southwest changing to westerly by the afternoon.
Favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to burnout the southern and southeast portions of the fire along the USFS 586B road east. While fire crews were searching for hot spots in the area of USFS 511 and 512 roads several small spot fires were quickly detected and fire line was constructed around them.
Burning conditions will be evaluated Monday morning to determine if a helicopter with a Plastic Spear Device aerial ignition machine will be used to assist in burnouts.
Crews working in the Keystone Community area removed dangerous dead standing trees in proximity to structures and roads.
Hand crews and heavy timber equipment continued to clear dead and down trees along the USFS 513 and 500 road. They expect to finish this work along USFS 500 to the 507 road on Monday. These roads will be temporarily closed to non-fire traffic for the safety of the firefighters and the public.