October 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
White River National Forest
Dan Nielsen, Incident Commander
Danielle Shedden, Incident Commadner (Trainee)
Middle Mamm Fire to Transition to Local Control
Current Situation: The Middle Mamm Fire saw a mild increase in fire activity on Monday due to moderate afternoon winds. The fire pushed northward in Division Z causing a small increase in acreage. The fire is now 1069 acres. Containment remains at 23% of the total perimeter to contained.
On Monday, fire crews continued to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter during the morning. During the afternoon crews switched to holding operations due to increased wind activity. These operations allowed crews to monitor specific sections of the fire’s perimeter while remaining available to respond to any spot fires.
On Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., the fire will transition back to a local Type 4 Organization under the leadership of Incident Commander Dan Nielson and Incident Commander (Trainee) Danielle Shedden. The organization will be staffed by approximately 70 personnel consisting of several hand crews, engines and aircraft. These resources will continue to conduct patrol and monitor operations while completing mop up and suppression repair in areas near values at risk.
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.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-50s to low 60s and minimum humidity is anticipated to be 10-15%. Downslope winds will be light in the early morning before switching to light upslope winds by mid-morning. In the afternoon there will be westerly winds with gusts. Temperatures are projected to peak in the mid-70s midweek before dropping into the high 40s over the weekend.
Evacuations and Closures: A revised area closure is in effect for the area of the fire on the White River National Forest. Closure orders on BLM lands near the fire, along with the Grand Mesa National Forest has been lifted. 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. The revised closure prohibits unauthorized use on US Forest Service lands in the entire Middle Mamm drainage, Gant Gulch, and a portion of Battlement Trail A (Forest System Trail 2160) remain closed. All Forest Service trails and roads within the defined area are closed to public access.
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.
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!
Size: 1069 acres
Total Personnel: 70
Location: 10 miles south of Rifle, CO
Public Information Office: (970) 930-1548