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Stewart Fire

Unit Information

White River Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Colorado
Meeker, CO 81641

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July 17, 2020 Update for Fawn Creek Fire, Stewart Fire and Wolf Fire

Stewart Fire Wildfire
News – 7/17/2020

Summary                                   

The area over the Fawn Creek, Stewart, and Wolf fires received minimal moisture from storms yesterday. For the second day in a row, aerial assets assisted with initial attack on a new fire yesterday.  Fire managers and crews are once again ready to assist if any new fire starts come from the thunderstorms forecast for the area today.

The Stewart Fire will be patrolled by engines and mop up will be performed on any areas holding heat.

Crews on the Fawn Creek Fire will work along the southeast edge and the northwest corner to secure areas of heat and complete hand line along the edge of the fire. Crews will also focus on securing the fire in the Eureka Creek area.

On the Wolf Fire, crews will construct, improve, and secure hand line around the fire while also mopping up spots holding heat near hand lines.

Weather over the fire area will be similar to yesterday with thunderstorms forecast to move through in the afternoon. Incident Meteorologist Christopher Redmond said, “We are expecting another day of erratic outflow winds and lightning associated with strong thunderstorms developing around the area beginning at noon. Today will test the containment lines around the fires.”

Outflow winds associated with these thunderstorms may gust to 40mph and lightning will likely accompany the thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to be similar to once again be in the upper 80s with relative humdities in the low teens. Prior to thunderstorms in the afternoon, ridgetop winds will likely be stronger than that past few days with westerly gusts up to 25mph.

The Bureau of Land Management’s White River Field Office and Rio Blanco County have both implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions. More information on these restrictions is available on any of the Incident Information sites below. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.