Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Pueblo, CO 81008
July 15, 2018 Update
Members of the local Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) are beginning their work on the Weston Pass Fire. “The objective of the BAER team is to determine the need for and prescribe and implement emergency treatments on Federal Land to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources.” See https://www.fs.fed.us/biology/watershed/burnareas/background.html for more information.
Today will be mostly cloudy throughout the day with the possibility of rain around noon. Later, isolated showers and thunderstorms may develop and linger until 10:00 PM. Temperatures will range from lows of 48°-53° F to highs of 69°-74° F. Humidity will reach lows of 31%-36% during the day recovering to 67%-73% at night. Winds will be from the northeast 7-11 mph with gusts to 16 mph possible during the afternoon and evening. Current Situation Today’s clouds, lower temperatures and higher humidity will slow fire behavior. 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.
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 (Divisions T/P). Fire management is constantly weighing the risk to firefighters versus the benefit of engagement. Some of the interior smokes are allowed to burn because of the risk to firefighters and there is no indication they would penetrate the fire perimeter.
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%
Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Four engines, One masticator Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3
Total Personnel: Approximately 64
Weston Pass Fire Information
Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM
Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/