Keystone Fire AM Update 07/17/2017
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.
Tomorrow, July 18th, incident management will transition from the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Blue Team to a local Type 3 team. “The Type 3 team will be job-shadowing the current team to ensure that incoming resources and overhead have enough time to develop a good knowledge and understanding of the fire,” said Operations Section Chief Trainee Brian Achziger.
The rain that fell yesterday will make it challenging to conduct burnout operations today. Burning conditions will be evaluated mid-morning to determine if burnouts will occur. A helicopter with aerial ignition capability is available to assist in burnouts in areas too dangerous to use hand-ignitions.
Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday; skies will be mostly clear in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperature will be about 75F and the minimum relative humidity will be in the mid-20’s. Winds with be west to northwest at 5-10 mph.
Hand crews and heavy timber equipment will continue to clear dead and down trees along the USFS 511, 500, and 507 roads. These roads will be temporarily closed to non-fire traffic for the safety of the firefighters and the public.