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Bull Draw Fire

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Uncompahgre Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Montrose, CO 81401

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Bull Draw Fire Update Sept 3, 2018

Bull Draw Fire Wildfire
News – 9/3/2018

September 3, 2018 8:00 am

Fire Statistics:

Location: Approximately 12 miles northwest of Nucla, Colorado.

Size: 30,580 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 68

Cause: Lightning

Current Situation: Yesterday’s precipitation, higher humidity levels, cloud cover and lower temperatures kept fire activity low. Fire suppression repair has been completed on south and west portions of fire in Division “W” and repair equipment has been removed and the division has been placed in patrol status. In Division “A” crews are utilizing chippers to treat slash and hand tools to complete line repair in the area around Campbell Point properties. On the north side, staff will continue to monitor fire spread and potential near Long Canyon and the north and northeastern fire perimeter. Patrolling the fire perimeter, suppression repair, and backhauling equipment remain top priorities.

While the report shows the fire at 30,580 acres, the total acres burned actually reflects the size of the fire perimeter and not how much was burned within that perimeter. Factors such as slope, type and condition of vegetation, natural breaks (rocky areas, roads, etc.), and weather conditions on any given day will affect how the fire burns across the landscape. These factors will result with the fire burning in one area and not in another. This leaves a mosaic pattern on the landscape ranging from green and moderate to severely burned areas.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today’s forecast calls for increasing cloud cover and storm activity. For the week the better chance for precipitation will on Monday with conditions slowly drying as the week progresses. Labor Day temperatures will range from 64 to 69 degrees and minimum relative humidity of 29% to 34% with ridge-top winds 8-12 mph gusting to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms.

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:, Mesa County Fire Info: ttps:// and Montrose County Fire Info: or

Information Center:

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

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