Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Pueblo, CO 81008
July 12, 2018 Update
The humidity in the fire area reached a low of 11% yesterday. Today will be mostly sunny in the morning followed by mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms with small hail after 11:00 AM. High temperatures will range from 68°-74° with minimum low humidity of 30-36%. Winds out of the north-northeast 6-11 mph with gusts to 16 mph. Winds near thunderstorms will be gusty and erratic, with gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight will bring minimum temperatures of 47°-52°, a relative humidity of 75-80% and a 20% chance of wetting rain. Current Situation Fire behavior will be very limited today. The primary source of remaining heat on the fire will be heavy surface fuels and woody debris. The possibility of visible smokes from within the interior of the fire will continue. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft. As our objectives near completion, fire personnel and equipment are gradually being released.
Yesterday, on the north side firefighters worked some heat found in the interior. Firefighters continue to patrol the fireline. Crews will secure and hold the perimeter on the east side along HWY 285. Rehab continues along the dozer lines. Division P will secure fire perimeter from FS 168 west to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) boundary. Hotshot crews continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the BPW. Contingency lines and structure protection on the south of the fire are complete; Division T is unstaffed today. Crews are constructing contingency line from DP 55 west to the Lynch Creek Trailhead. Hotshot crews will hold and secure fireline from FS 433 to the BPW. Firefighters are using the chippers to eliminate fuels along the line in Division Z. The dozer line between Division A and Z will be patrolled to determine possible containment. Structure Protection will be removing hoselays, pumps and pumpkins to back haul all fire fighting equipment. Campground of the Rockies (CORA) will be returned to pre-fire status.
Closures and Public Safety
Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire BPW, and west of HWY 285. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. CR 22 is open to the public. All mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph; there is no stopping in the fire area.
Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO Percent Contained: 74%
Start Date: June 28, 2018 Total Personnel: Approximately 497
Size: 13,023 acres Cause: Lightning
Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 16 engines, one masticator, 2 dozers Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 3 and two fixed wing aircraft
Weston Pass Fire Information
Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM
Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/
Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/