Deep Creek Fire Update - 9/11/2017
Incident: Deep Creek Fire Wildfire
Deep Creek Fire Update
September 11, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Shane Greer, Incident Commander
Fire Information Line: (970) 367-7519
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Current Situation: The Deep Creek Fire is now 62 percent contained. There was no additional growth on Sunday and the fire remains 4,112 acres. On Sunday, crews continued to strengthen and improve existing control features around the fire perimeter. The additional containment that was reported was along the northern, western and southern edges of the fire. Crews continued to secure areas to the north that are in steep terrain with heavy fire weakened trees, as well as patchy burns within aspen on the southern edge. There was no patrol overnight on Sunday as the structures they were monitoring and protecting are considered secure at this point.
On Monday, firefighters will patrol the portions of the Deep Creek Fire that are contained. Additional work will be completed to secure the uncontained portions of the fire. Crews will use fire to connect patches of burned and unburned vegetation, and then work to ensure that there is no heat along the fire’s edge. Mop-up is a term used to describe the process of ensuring that the edge of the fire perimeter is devoid of heat or the potential for the fire to cross over the perimeter. As the containment of the Deep Creek Fire increases, firefighters’ efforts will focus on mopping up and patrolling the fire’s edge until the fire is considered controlled. As firefighters and equipment are no longer needed to assist with the suppression of the Deep Creek Fire, they will be released to assist with other fires in the area.
Weather: A warming and drying trend will continue throughout the middle of the week. Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms, and the resulting outflow winds will continue to be a potential concern in the afternoon and evening. Winds will be light on Monday starting out of the southeast in the morning and becoming northwest in the afternoon. Temperatures on Monday will range from the mid 70’s to lower 80’s with relative humidity values from 15-18 percent in the valleys and 22-25 percent on the ridgetops.
Safety: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, are not allowed over wildland fire operations. They pose a serious risk to pilots, firefighters, and the public. A drone can be fatal to firefighting pilots and firefighters working to suppress the fire. Unauthorized drones also disrupt and delay firefighting efforts.
Closures: With the increase in fire traffic along Routt County Roads (CR) 52 and 56, travel along these corridors is limited to local traffic only. A staffed road closure is in place at the intersection of CR 56 and CR 52W.
Start Date: 09/04/2017
Location: 9 miles NE of Hayden, CO
Size: 4,112 acres
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Info Line: (970) 367-7519