Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Pueblo, CO 81008
July 14, 2018 Update
At 6:00 AM today the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team transferred command of the Weston Pass Fire to a local Type 3 IMT led by Incident Commander, Stephen Reed. The Incident Command Post, ICP, has moved from South Park HS to the North-West Fire Protection District Station #2, 21455 Highway 285, Fairplay.
Today will be mostly sunny in the morning becoming mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing around 12:00 PM. Storm coverage will be scattered from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM with lingering showers until 11:00 PM. Temperatures will range from lows of 47°-53° F to highs of 73°-78° F. Humidity will reach lows of 20%-25% during the day recovering to 70%-75% at night. Winds will be from the east-southeast 8-12 mph with gusts to 17 mph possible during the afternoon and evening. Chances of lightning will be greatest between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Current Situation The area remains in exceptional drought and fuels will dry rapidly under clear skies and warm temperatures. After two days of cooler and wetter weather, today’s solar radiation will begin to dry out fuels. The primary sources of remaining heat on the fire are heavy surface fuels and stump holes. Visible smokes from within the interior of the fire are expected for weeks until significant wetting rain penetrates the heavy fuels. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft.
Some divisions have been consolidated; the engines in divisions A/D/M/P will continue to secure and patrol fireline along the north, east and south. The Hotshot crew will continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) area. In this remote, steep, terrain with heavy fuels, fire management is constantly weighing the risk to firefighters versus the benefit of engagement. To mitigate this situation, medical supplies have been staged in this area and medical personnel are on location.
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. 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. Please be cautious as fire apparatus and crew buggies are entering the highway.
Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO
Start Date: June 28, 2018
Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 93%
Total Personnel: Approximately 272
Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Three engines, one masticator Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3
Weston Pass Fire Information
Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM
Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/