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: 109 acres
Total Personnel: 280
Jurisdiction: San Isabel National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: UpperHuerfano County FPD and Wet Mountain FPD
Special Notes: Public Information Officers will be stationed outside the Gardner Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to provide information and maps and to answer questions. We would welcome your visit there.
Fire managers are using drones/unmanned aircraft for fire operations.There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area; PLEASE DO NOT YOUR FLY DRONES near the fire. Non-fire related drones inhibit critical fire operations. Helicopters might also be seen flying over the fire today.
Current Situation: With the majority of prep work done on the indirect fire control lines, fire personnel are now carefully observing fire behavior and looking for opportunities to “anchor” the Reveille Fire. An anchor would be considered an advantageous location where fire is not likely to spread. It is a safe location from which to work, and it is used to minimize the chance of being flanked by the fire (surrounded or cornered). To do this, fire managers plan to create “black” (an area that has been burned and has no fuel left) between the leading western edge of the fire and the control line of Pole Creek Trail. (The fire on the west side is approximately ¼ to ½ mile from the Pole Creek Trail.) If conditions are favorable, firing operations may occur today and/or in the coming days. Factors such as wind, fire behavior, and fuel moisture levels will determine if, and when, these operations occur. If they do, residents should expect to see increasing smoke over the fire area. Most smoke impacts are expected to be in and along the Williams Creek drainage from Pole Creek Trail to Hwy 69. In the case of smoky conditions, residents are encouraged to close windows during the night and keep them open during the day to minimize smoke impacts.
In Divisions B and H (west and north, respectively), fire crews have created “check lines” horizontal to existing control lines. These are temporary fire lines that hold flames from a firing operation in check, allowing firefighters more control of the heat, intensity, and area of the burn. This area between Divisions B and H will remain the focus of operations today, as firefighters work to bring the fire to the Pole Creek Trail and secure the control line, conditions allowing.
Elsewhere in the perimeter, crews and heavy equipment in Division J (east side) will continue reducing fuel by removing logs and log decks. Chipping work proceeds along Turkey Creek Rd. and Williams Creek Rd. in Division R (south side).
Road graders successfully improved roads before yesterday’s rain, which was a crucial step in keeping fire personnel safe on roads that otherwise become nearly impassable with mud. There is one road grader still at work today.
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.