Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
Reveille Fire Information at:
Phone: 719-695-0002 (hours of operation 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Location: Huerfano County, 9.5 miles north of Gardner, CO
Time Reported: approximately 1:00 p.m., Mon. June 3, 2019
Size: 25 acres (estimated)
Total Personnel: 248
Jurisdiction: San Isabel National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: UpperHuerfano County FPD and Wet Mountain FPD
Current Situation: Fire behavior was minimal yesterday, June 9. Smoke was noticeable from the east side of the fire where a hotshot crew burned slash/vegetation piles to reduce fuel. Also on the east, a second hotshot crew built and improved fire control line along the Salt Rd. On the south side, preparation of the Turkey Creek Rd. continued. Along the Pole Creek Trail on the west, saw crews removed fuels along the trail, working from north and south, meeting in the middle. Helicopters flew two missions to deliver gear and supplies to firefighters “line spiked” (camped away from resources) out on the perimeter. Road graders and water tenders worked along the Williams Creek Rd. (630), the Centennial Ranch Rd. (305), the Ophir Gardner Rd. (634), and the Greenhorn Rd. (369), improving roads to aid in perimeter control strategies and reduce risk to travelers on these roads. (Please be aware of heavy equipment if you are traveling these roads.)
Today, hand crews and heavy equipment will continue their work on the perimeter. With most of the initial prep/saw work complete on the west and northwest sides, firefighters will improve the Pole Creek Trail to serve as fire control line. On the east and southeast side, fire personnel and heavy equipment will move existing log decks from the inside of the perimeter to the outside to reduce potential fuel. In the coming days, fire crews will begin chipping operations on the southwest side of the fire. Road graders will keep improving roads today and in the coming days. Firefighters and equipment operators are successfully progressing in their efforts to encircle the fire area with “indirect” fire control lines.
Management Strategy: The Reveille Fire Management Team is using a full-scale suppression strategy that prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. The fire continues burning in heavy concentrations of snags, standing dead, and dead down timber, providing no acceptable options for firefighter escape routes or safety zones. Extricating an injured firefighter in this area would be extremely difficult. Thus, tactics remain focused on building “indirect” control lines some distance away from the fire, incorporating roads and natural fire barriers.
Closures: National Forest lands, roads and trails affected by the Reveille Fire are closed to public use. Pole Creek Trail (#1398), Salt Road (#409), and Turkey Creek Road (#637) are closed to public use. The Greenhorn Road (#369) and the Williams Creek Road (#630) remain open for public travel. For more details go to the Reveille Fire Facebook page.