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: 109 acres
Total Personnel: 291
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: Conditions were not favorable yesterday for burning operations, as fuels still had too much moisture. However, relative humidity during the day was low enough to allow fuels significant drying. Fire managers are optimistic that conditions may be favorable to move forward with burning operations today. As planned, crews will begin by burning one area to create an “anchor” between the leading western edge of the fire and the control line of Pole Creek Trail. An anchor is 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). Firefighters will incorporate the “check lines” they created horizontally to existing control lines. (Check lines 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.)
If conditions are again not favorable, crews will remain near the line to observe for any changes in fire behavior and ensure the fire stays within control lines
In Division J on the east, crews and heavy equipment are still removing logs and log decks. Crews in Division R on the south will proceed with chipping operations.
Firing operations will likely last into 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.
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.