Spring ck Fire Update (south)
July 11, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Shane Greer, Incident Commander
Information Center: 719-695-9573
Media line: 719-695-0091
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Special notes: The fire acreage is 107,967. Containment is 77%. (An infrared flight was not able to fly last night to record a current assessment.)
Current Situation: Yesterday and last night, crews completed the last section of containment in Division Z, thus, the entire perimeter of the southern portion of the Spring Fire is now contained.
There is minimal activity over the south end of the fire, with mostly creeping and smoldering behavior. There are still islands of unconsumed fuels; smoke and some flame may be visible if these areas burn. Fuels remain dry and susceptible to ignition outside of the burn perimeter. In the interior of Divison A, there is still some heat present in the Forbes subdivision. Firefighters continue checking for and mitigating hot spots.
Today, crews focus on mop-up, repair of fire suppression activities, chipping of slash, and backhaul of unneeded equipment. Firefighters are installing water bars in burned areas to help prevent erosion of soil. Crews will be patrolling and monitoring throughout the fire perimeter today. Please feel free to take a moment to speak with firefighters and ask questions.
After a fire, soil becomes hydrophobic (it does not absorb water), causing runoff and movement of debris. Incoming moisture could contribute to flash flood conditions, so residents are encouraged to stay aware during periods of heavy rainfall.
Residents are reminded to use caution as they reenter burned areas; burned trees may easily fall over and pose a hazard. There are various types of debris underfoot, as well as 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.
Tomorrow at 6 a.m., Rocky Mountain Team Black will transfer command of the southern section of the Spring Fire to the Rocky Mountain Blue Team. This will be the final update from Team Black. Team Black wishes to thank the citizens, local agencies, and businesses of the area for your incredible support during this incident. You should all be proud of your community’s efforts.
Weather: Temperatures will be high-70s to mid-80s. Above 9500 feet temperatures will be in the mid-70s. Relative humidity is higher than previous days at 18-22%. Chance of wetting rain has increased to 40; scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon. On the west side of the fire, winds will be from the west-southwest at 7-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph, and will become south-southwest around 1 p.m. On the east side of the fire, winds are more from the west-northwest at 6-9 mph with gusts to 16, becoming south-southeast around 1 p.m. Outflow winds could reach up to 25 mph, and cloud to ground lightning is possible. There is a potential for hail. Flash floods are possible when heavy rains fall on burned areas. Wetting showers and afternoon storms will continue throughout the week.
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:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5875/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringFire2018/
Twitter: @Springfire2018 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 Size: 107,967
Percent Contained: 77% Resources: 1592 Cause: Human caused, under Investigation
Evacuee Meeting: Today, 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. The meeting will be live streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend.