Deep Creek Fire Update - 9/13/2017
Incident: Deep Creek Fire Wildfire
Deep Creek Fire Update
September 13, 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 80 percent contained. There was no additional growth on Tuesday, and the fire remains at 4,112 acres. On Tuesday, crews methodically mopped up sections of the uncontained fire perimeter and patrolled the portions of the perimeter that are contained. Overall, the fire behavior is minimal, smoldering, and creeping with isolated torching in the interior. Air operations patrolled the fire from the air, and did not have a need to drop any water or retardant.
On Tuesday, several unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) were used to scout bulldozer line on the western edge of the fire to gain perspective on the fuels in that area of the fire. The UAS operators coordinated with the incident management team to ensure safe operations while meeting the intended objectives of the flights. The use of the UAS allowed access into areas within the fire that may be otherwise unsafe for firefighters on the ground due to fire-weakened trees and snags. It is important to note that the use of UAS by the public is still prohibited in the fire area and can be fatal to firefighting pilots and firefighters on the ground.
On Wednesday, firefighters will work to complete containment lines on the fire perimeter and patrol the remaining fire perimeter that is contained. As containment increases, firefighters and equipment will be released and available to support other fires in the area.
Weather: Afternoon thunderstorms are likely on Wednesday, although precipitation is not expected to be significant. The outflow winds caused by any rain can bring hazardous conditions to fire operations. Temperatures will be in the upper-70s on the ridges and in the mid-80s in the valleys, with relative humidity ranging from 15-25 percent. Winds will be from the east-southeast at 8-11 miles per hour in the morning, shifting to west-southwest in the afternoon at 7-9 miles per hour. Wind gusts in the afternoon are expected to reach 15-20 miles per hour - primarily on the north and east sides of the fire.
Safety: Although roads near the fire area are open to the public, fire traffic is still active along Routt County Roads 52 and 56. Travelers along these routes are urged to exercise caution and travel at slower speeds while fire traffic may be present.
Closures: There are no road closures at this time.
Start Date: 09/04/2017
Location: 9 miles NE of Hayden, CO
Size: 4,112 acres
For More Information:
Routt County OEM: https://www.facebook.com/RouttCountyOEM/
BLM Colorado Fire: https://www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire/
Info Line: (970) 367-7519