Uncompahgre Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Montrose, CO 81401
Bull Draw Fire Update
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Acres: 36,549 acres as of September 23 at 1800
Yesterday’s Activity: Containment is now at 95% due to successful firing operations completed on Saturday, Sept 22 and multiple days monitoring fire lines. Wind gusts up to 20 mph were present and served as a strong test of all lines in place along the north and east sides of the perimeter. Fire behavior was moderate and well within the interior. Yesterday’s operations did not require water drops from a helicopter or a reconnaissance flight by an Authorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drone. Crews continued with snagging operations in aspen stands along Divide Road and around UC Cow Camp. The fire did receive precipitation, but no measurable quantity was observed.
Planned Activity: Crews will begin backhaul operations in the area of UC Cow Camp and other areas where it is no longer needed. This entails removing supplies from the fire line such as hoses, pumps, tanks (pumpkins), sprinklers and other equipment put in place for both structure protection and holding fire line. Firefighters will also continue patrolling and monitoring the north and east sides of the fire perimeter along Divide Road. Snagging operations will occur when necessary and areas on the north and east sides will be evaluated for suppression repair needs. The following resources have been released from the fire: One Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Crew, 2 Engines, and one Type 1 Helicopter
Weather: Today is expected to sunny and dry with temperatures in the mid-60s. There is a potential for wind gusts and relative humidity will be in the 25% to 35% range. No precipitation is forecasted for the next few days.
Closures: Re-opening of the National Forest System Road (NFSR) 402 (Divide Road) is effective immediately. However, an area closure remains in place around the Bull Draw Fire. It effects the area bordered by the north by the Blue Creek Drainage, on the west and southwest by National Forest boundary, on the northeast by NFSR 402 (Divide Road) and on the south approximately 1 mile southeast of the Campbell Creek drainage between the National Forest boundary and NFSR 402 (Divide Road). For more information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6059/
Public Safety: For the safety of the public and fire personnel, travelers are asked to travel slowly and use extreme caution along the Divide Road due to the continued presence of fire crews and equipment. Smoke and dust from fire operations may also affect visibility along the road. The public is asked to observe area closures for the safety of the public and firefighters. Hunters with tags that may be impacted by fire activity can contact the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Montrose Field Office with questions at (970) 252-6000.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): TFRs are in place around the fire perimeter to provide for the safety of firefighting aircraft and crews on the ground. Authorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drone, is a useful tool that firefighters use in gathering data, however, unauthorized use of UAS by the public is prohibited near active wildfires due to safety. “If you fly, we can’t”.
Fire Information Links:
Bull Draw Fire Information Line: (970) 578-0213, Hours 8:00am – 8:00pm
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information: 970-874-6602
Wildfire Smoke Information: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health
Bull Draw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/
West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com