Spring ck Fire Update (south)
July 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team BlackShane Greer, Incident Commander Information Center: 719-695-9573Media line: 719-695-0091 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Special notes: The fire acreage is now 107,967. Containment has risen to 77%.
Current Situation: Fire activity is decreasing, however, as fire consumes unburned interior fuels, smoke and some flame will be visible. Spring Fire (south) crews focus on mop-up, repair of fire suppression activities, and backhaul of unneeded equipment. Utility companies continue to repair infrastructure within the impacted areas. Residents are encouraged to use caution as they reenter burned areas; crews are still at work, using heavy equipment and chainsaws. Residents may encounter burned trees that may easily fall over, various types of debris underfoot, and burned stump holes/ash pits. Residents are also encouraged to utilize proper protective equipment when sorting through property and debris; this includes protective masks (N-95 or P-100), eye protection, heavy work gloves, long sleeves and pants, and sturdy boots.
Division D and A are contained. Crews are mopping up, rehabilitating, backhauling, and monitoring for any changes. There is still some heat present in the Forbes subdivision, and firefighters are checking for hotspots and patrolling around structures.
In Division Z, firing operations have been successful, and containment nears completion. As fuels heated yesterday, crews and aircraft successfully controlled emerging fire activity in Division Z. Crews contend with very rough terrain in this area as they work to complete containment. There is residual heat in Division Z, and smoke will still be visible.
Crews in Division N have successfully completed the containment line. Heavy equipment is at work cleaning up logs and dozer line.
Hotshot crews hiked into Division K early this morning to ensure continued security and improvement of the fireline. Divisions E/H are fully contained. Crews in these divisions monitor, patrol, and work on repair of fire suppression activities.
As containment increases and incident complexity moderates on the Spring Fire, Rocky Mountain Team Black will transfer command of the southern section to the Rocky Mountain Blue Team. The Blue Team will assume full command responsibilities of the entire Spring Fire at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 12.
Weather: Temperatures remain warm today with highs approaching 90F. Higher elevations (above 8500 ft) will be high-70s to mid-80s. Relative humidity is 15-18%. Chance of wetting rain is 10%, mostly on the south ridges. As the week progresses and chances of wetting rain increase, there may be scattered thunderstorms beginning Wednesday. Winds today will be out of the west-southwest early in the day at 6-9 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Winds will shift to east-southeast by mid-day, at 4-7 mph with gusts to 11 mph. Cumulous clouds may develop on the south side of the fire, producing outflow winds up to 25 mph.
Closures and Evacuations: Highway 160 and Highway 12 are both open. There is no stopping, parking, or standing outside of vehicles along Highway 160 from La Veta to Ft Garland. Please check www.cotrip.org for updates. Highway 69 is closed from mm 5 to mm 42 (open to local traffic only). For current evacuee information for Huerfano County call 211 (in-state) or 719-583-6611 (out of state) or visit www.facebook.com/HuerfanoCountyOEM. In Costilla County call 719-480-8719 between the hours of 10 a.m and 3 p.m. or visit the San Luis Valley Emergency page: www.slvemergency.org. For Las Animas County: https://www.facebook.com/LAS-Animas-County-OEM-1417285551649252/ or 719-846-2993 ext. 0.
For More Information:
Fire Info Line: 719-695-9573
Social media identifiers are now #springfire for both areas, #southspringfire (Team Black), and #northspringfire (Team Blue).
Spring Fire Statistics:
Start Date: June 27, 2018
Location: 9 miles east of Ft Garland, CO
Percent Contained: 77%
Resources: 693 (602 in the south)
Cause: Human caused, under Investigation
Evacuee Meeting: Today, July 10, there will be a 1 p.m. meeting for evacuees held at the evacuation center located at the Blanca/Ft Garland Community Center, 17591 E Hwy 160. The meeting will be live streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend. Tomorrow, July 11 at 1 p.m., will be the last evacuee meeting hosted by Rocky Mountain Team Black at the Blanca/Ft Garland Community Center.