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Middle Mamm Fire

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White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Rifle Ranger District
Phone: 970-625-2173
Hours: M-F, 8:00-5:00

October 13 Middle Mamm Fire Update

Middle Mamm Fire Wildfire
News – 10/13/2019

 
Middle Mamm Fire Update
October 13, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Incident Commander 

Public Information Office: (970) 930-1548
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Crews Make Progress on Middle Mamm Fire on Saturday 


Current Situation:
Saturday was another day of minimal activity for the Middle Mamm Fire. The fire remains at 1007 acres. The interior of the fire produced smoke from pockets of unburned fuels as afternoon temperatures warmed and winds became breezier. These interior smokes are expected to remain active as the fire continues to work through fuels on the forest floor in healthy aspen stands. Fire activity on the perimeter remained minimal.

Crews accomplished a significant amount of mop up in various locations around the fire’s perimeter. Crews also began conducting repair work on secured control lines in the East Mamm creek drainage, rehabilitating impacts of suppression operations and restoring the landscape to its natural state. 

On Sunday, firefighters will continue mop up operations. Fire activity is expected to be more active on south-facing slopes with more exposure to sun and places where slope aligns with wind. Smoke will continue to be visible from I-70 between Silt and Glenwood Springs.

Weather & Fuel Conditions:
Temperatures are expected to range from the mid to high 50s and minimum humidity will be 8-13% with light southwest winds in the morning that will shift to the northwest around noon. Temperatures are projected to rise over the weekend, reaching the high 60s next week before dropping back into the 50s next weekend.

Evacuations and Closures:
Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River and the Grand Mesa national forests. Additionally, a closure order is in place on BLM lands near the fire. These closures are in place to ensure firefighter and public safety.

Closures may affect access for first rifle season hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. A closure is in effect on West Mamm Road (County Road 319) approximately five miles south of Airport Road. Hunters should be aware of closure areas before entering public lands. A portion of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 (Battlement Trail) remains closed between the intersection of Beaver Creek Trail (FST 2161) and Mudd Hill Road (Forest Road 271); another portion of Battlement Trail (FST 527) is closed between the intersection of Brush Creek Trail (FST 529) and East Brush Creek Trail (FST 504). 

Additional information on these closures, along with a map for alternative access to GMU 42 is available on the Middle Mamm Inciweb page at https://go.usa.gov/xVzW9

Fire Restrictions:
There are currently no fire restrictions in place on the White River National Forest, in Garfield County, or on BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office lands.

Temporary Flight Restrictions:
A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area immediately around the Middle Mamm Fire. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

For More Information: 
Public Information Office:  (970) 930-1548
InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook:  facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

Middle Mamm Fire Statistics:
Size:  1007 acres
Containment:  2%
Total Personnel:  204
Cause:  Lightning
Location:  Approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

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