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: 96 acres (estimated)
Total Personnel: 263
Jurisdiction: San Isabel National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: UpperHuerfano County FPD and Wet Mountain FPD
Current Situation: Warmer temperatures and some wind contributed to more activity on the Reveille Fire yesterday. Smoke and some flame was visible, and the fire grew 46 acres for a current total of 96 acres. Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flew over the fire and used infrared technology to map a perimeter. (This can be seen on today’s maps.) Helicopters also flew reconnaissance flights and took “sling loads” of supplies to spike camps.
To divide an incident into geographical areas of operation, fire managers create “Divisions”. Today, in Division B, on the west side of the fire, firefighters will assess fire growth to the west and north. Firing operations may occur if fire behavior dictates in order to secure the fire control line. The fire on the west side is approximately ¼ to ½ mile from the Pole Creek Trail. On the north side of the fire, in Division H, the initial preparation of the fire control line is complete, and firefighters will now improve this line. Crews are line spiking (camping remotely) in this area as to make the most of their time and not travel back and forth on slow roads. Yesterday, in Division J, on the east side of the fire, crews completed significant amounts of prep work on the Salt Rd. Today, firefighters and heavy equipment will keep removing logs and log decks from this area. Firefighters are also clearing vegetation on a small holding of private land on the east side, near the perimeter. In Division R, on the south side, initial prep work on the Turkey Creek Rd. is complete, and chipping operations are now taking place along Turkey Creek Rd. and Williams Creek Rd.
Road graders are nearing completion of their work, but they may still be encountered on the Williams Creek Rd. (630), the Centennial Ranch Rd. (305), the Ophir Gardner Rd. (634), or the Greenhorn Rd. (369). (Please be aware of heavy equipment if you are traveling these roads.)
Helicopters will be flying often over the fire today.
The fire continues approaching control lines as planned, and smoke will likely be seen from Gardner and surrounding areas. Gusty winds this afternoon may increase smoke visibility. After Wednesday, thunderstorms are predicted to move in from Thursday afternoon through the weekend. Significant wildland fire potential remains lower than average throughout the state of Colorado, and conditions are not currently favorable for severe fire behavior.
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.