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Weston Pass Fire

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Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colorado
Pueblo, CO 81008

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7/16/2018 Daily Update Weston Pass Fire

Weston Pass Fire Wildfire
News – 7/16/2018

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July 16, 2018 Update

Firefighters and equipment moved to hard packed roads during the rain yesterday. Jones Hill reported .54” of rain last night. During the rain, several places along CR 22 had minor flooding last evening. The event precipitated a 911 call from a resident. In one place the water flow was described as black mud. This is an example of the need for the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team who will begin their assessment process within the fire area today.

See https://www.fs.fed.us/biology/watershed/burnareas/background.html for more information about BAER.

Weather

Mostly sunny skies this morning will gradually increase to mostly cloudy by 2:00 PM. There is a chance of thunderstorms any time after 12:00 PM. Maximum temperature will be around 71° F with a low tonight of 48° F. Humidity will reach low of 34% during the day, recovering to 75% at night. Winds will be from the east 5-6 mph with gusty and erratic winds near thunderstorms. Current Situation Rain, clouds, lower temperatures and higher humidity will slow fire behavior today. During sunny, warmer dryer weather smoke may be visible within the interior of the fire. These smokes may show up for several weeks until significant wetting rain penetrates the heavy fuels. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and engine patrols.

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 will coordinate helicopter bucket drops as needed. Some of the interior smokes from smoldering fuels are allowed to burn for two reasons. First because there are suppression risks to firefighters like dangerous trees with weakened root systems and there is no indication they would penetrate the fire perimeter. Fire managers continually weigh risk versus benefit when making suppression decisions.

Closures and Public Safety

Please be cautious as fire apparatus and crew buggies are entering the highway. Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, west of HWY 285, north of Trout Creek Pass and the entire Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are no longer on pre-evacuation status

Fire Statistics:

Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO

Start Date: June 28, 2018
Cause: Lightning

Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 93%
Total Personnel: Approximately 64

Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Four engines, One masticator Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3

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719-966-7842

Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM

E-mail: 2018_copsf_westonpass@firenet.gov

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