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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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October 14 Middle Mamm Fire Update

Middle Mamm Fire Wildfire
News – 10/14/2019

Middle Mamm Fire Update 
October 14, 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.

Middle Mamm Fire Reaches 23% Containment 
Current Situation: Firefighters continue to make progress on the Middle Mamm Fire.
The Middle Mamm Fire is being managed under multiple strategies. Approximately 34% of the perimeter is identified to be contained where the fire could threaten values at risk, specifically where the fire is near private lands or infrastructure. Of this 34% that will be contained, 23% of the containment line was completed as of Sunday evening.

On Sunday, fire crews used favorable weather conditions to make significant progress in securing fire line and mop up operations. The fire consumed interior fuels and produced smoke from within the fire’s perimeter. Suppression repair activities took place as crews rehabilitated line and created water bars to mitigate erosion. 
Three hand crews, five engines, and two helicopters will remain assigned to the incident on Monday. These crews will continue monitoring and patrolling established lines while performing mop up and rehabilitation on eligible areas.

Weather & Fuel Conditions:
Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-50s to low 60s and minimum humidity is anticipated to be 10-15%. Southwest winds will be light in the morning and are forecasted to shift to moderate westerly winds with gusts around noon. Temperatures are projected to peak in the mid-70s midweek before dropping into the high 40s over the 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

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 immediate around and within the Middle Mamm Fire. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed in or around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

For More Information: 
Public Information Office:  (970) 930-1548

Middle Mamm Fire Statistics:
Size:  1007 acres
Containment:  23%
Total Personnel:  177
Cause:  Lightning
Location:  Approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

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