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: 50 acres (estimated)
Total Personnel: 247
Jurisdiction: San Isabel National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: UpperHuerfano County FPD and Wet Mountain FPD
Current Situation: Firefighters and equipment operators are successfully progressing in their efforts to encircle the Reveille Fire area with indirect fire control lines. The fire was more active yesterday, June 10, growing approximately 25 acres. Some flame was visible with single tree torching and creeping behavior (fire burning with a low flame and spreading slowly). On the east side of the fire, crews improved line along the Salt Rd. Firefighters also scouted west of the Salt Rd. to assess an active timber harvest area for removal of logs and log decks. Today, three crews and several log skidders (heavy equipment that can drag large timber to a new location) will move logs to the outside of the fire control perimeter. Crews on the south side continued prepping the Turkey Creek Rd. yesterday, and today they will begin chipping operations along the Williams Creek Rd. Firefighters on the west had been “line spiked” (camped away from resources) for the past few nights, working hard to prep the Pole Creek Trail. Yesterday, helicopters helped remove their equipment and gear, and these firefighters were able to return to a different “spike camp” (an established camp, still away from the base camp and Incident Command Post, but with more resources and supplies). Today, another crew will move into this area to observe for any increased fire behavior and to ensure the fire remains east of the Pole Creek Trail. On the north/northwest side of the fire, fire control line improvement took place yesterday and will continue today.
Road graders have made significant progress improving the Williams Creek Rd. (630), the Centennial Ranch Rd. (305), the Ophir Gardner Rd. (634), and the Greenhorn Rd. (369), and this work continues today. (Please be aware of heavy equipment if you are traveling these roads.)
Weather conditions will be warmer and dryer today than past days. Relative humidity is significantly lower as well – between 15 to 20%. More smoke may be seen over the fire due to these conditions.
Management Strategy: The Reveille fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access due to heavy dead and downed fuels and steep, rugged terrain. These conditions, combined with low risk to values in the area (public infrastructure, homes, campgrounds, etc.), have prompted fire managers to choose a full-suppression strategy using indirect tactics, thus mitigating risk to firefighters. Crews are improving existing roads and trails in the area and utilizing them as indirect fire control lines while fire managers look for potential firing operations that will consume hazardous fuels. The reduction of these fuels will also lower future risks to first responders in this area.
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.