Uncompahgre Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Montrose, CO 81401
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Acres: 36,549 acres as of September 23 at 1800
Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the area of the Bull Draw Fire and has potential for critical fire weather. Weather conditions will be warmer than seasonal norms, humidity could be as low as 12%, and wind gusts up to 30 mph. High winds may cause fire weakened trees and healthy aspens with shallow root systems to come down on roads and trails.
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. Increased fire activity will provide an increase in smoke and may cause low visibility along Divide Road. Crews will stop traffic if necessary until conditions improve and travel can be done safely. 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.
Closures: The Forest Closure for the Bull Draw Fire was lifted yesterday at 8:00 pm. However, the public is encouraged to avoid the area as there are multiple hazards associated with recently burned areas. Signs have been installed along the west side of Divide Road warning the public of these hazards. For questions concerning previous Bull Draw Fire closures please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.
Planned Activity: Engine crews will patrol Divide Road and monitor for fire activity. Work will be done near NFSR 407 as leaves continue to fall and hazard trees are removed. Aspen tree leaves are falling throughout the fire area and providing fuel for the fire. This activity may cause an increase in smoke today with winds carrying the smoke into surrounding areas. Fire activity is well within the interior. A helicopter will be available for bucket drops or reconnaissance as needed and if operations can be done safely with the weather conditions.
Sunday September 30th, 2018 will be the last day that a Daily Update is released. The Bull Draw Fire Facebook will be updated regularly through Sunday. Starting Monday, the page will be used to update the public as conditions change and new information becomes available. Information can also be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059/.
Yesterday’s Activity: A fire module crew monitored fire activity along NFSR 407 and removed hazard trees when needed. Two engines patrolled Divide Road during the day to monitor for increased fire activity as aspen tree leaves continue to fall and provide fuel. Resources continued to be released but will be replaced with new resources.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): TFRs have been lifted around the fire perimeter. 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