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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 4, 2018

Bull Draw Fire Wildfire
News – 9/4/2018

September 4, 2018 8:00 am

Fire Statistics:

Location: Approximately 12 miles northwest of Nucla, Colorado.

Size: 30,580 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 60

Cause: Lightning

Current Situation: Fire activity was low again yesterday due to precipitation, higher humidity levels, cloud cover and lower temperatures. On the fire; work in Division “W” has been completed and it moved into patrol status. In Division “A” crews are utilizing chippers to treat brush 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.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires cause damage that requires special efforts to prevent problems afterwards. After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources on Forest Service lands. These threats are being assessed by an interagency Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team as part of the wildfire recovery process. BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals; hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments. A BAER assessment usually begins before the wildfire has been fully contained.

In most cases, only a portion of the burned area is actually treated. Severely burned areas, very steep slopes, places where water runoff will be excessive, fragile slopes above roads, trails, campgrounds and other valuable facilities are focus areas. The treatments must be installed as soon as possible, generally before the next damaging storm. The team will produce a report that includes a description of the assessment and findings for the burned area’s post-fire conditions along with recommended emergency stabilization measures and actions. The team will submit an initial Burned Area Report to the Forest Supervisor and others for approval as necessary.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Scattered to mostly cloudy skies are expected for Tuesday with some isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures will range from 67 to 72 degrees and minimum relative humidity of 21% to 26% with ridge-top winds 5-10 mph.

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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