Uncompahgre Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Montrose, CO 81401
Bull Draw Fire Update
September 2, 2018 8:00 am
Location: Approximately 12 miles northwest of Nucla, Colorado.
Size: 30,580 acres
Total Personnel: 60
Current Situation: Another day of higher humidity levels, cloud cover and lower temperatures kept fire activity at a minimum yesterday. Public vehicle, ATV and foot traffic has increased over the weekend, many times intruding into the closed area. These intrusions create a serious safety concern. Visitors are urged to abide by the closure rules and pay attention to the signage posted in the area. Should you have any questions please consult with appropriate land managers before engaging in any activities that may violate these restrictions. (Refer to links below).
Fire suppression repair activities on the southern end of the fire perimeter in Division W are nearing completion. Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and other impacts resulting from firefighting activities. This work repairs the hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during firefighting efforts. As part of this action, Resource Advisors (READs) are utilized to evaluate property and critical natural or cultural resources. As the repair work in Div. W is completed, equipment is being moved and crews will be reassigned to other parts of the fire. On the north side, crews are completing work on the 407 road in preparation for burnout operation of the line should fire conditions make this necessary. Prep work on the Uranium Road is ongoing. Patrolling the fire perimeter, suppression repair, and backhauling equipment remain top priorities.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon. The better chance for precipitation will be Sunday and Monday with, conditions slowly drying as the week progresses. Sunday’s temperatures will range from 66 to 71 degrees, minimum relative humidity of 27% to 32% with ridge-top winds 8-12 mph in the afternoon and may become gusty near thunderstorm areas.
Closures and Restrictions: Go to Bull Draw InciWeb for information on roads and trails affected by the Bull Draw Fire.
For early season hunters in Unit 61 who may be impacted by the Bull Draw Fire: Hunters who have questions regarding early season license options can contact Colorado Parks & Wildlife at the Montrose office at 970-252-6000.
Temporary Flight Restrictions remain in effect over the fire – for details click here.
Fire Restrictions: Go to GMUG Info: https://go.usa.gov/xUzQS, Mesa County Fire Info: ttps://mcgis.mesacounty.us/fireban and Montrose County Fire Info: https://bit.ly/2PgT3t9 or http://www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com/
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line), and 970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road
Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Bull Draw Fire Website:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059
GMUG Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF