White River Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Meeker, CO 81641
Crews reached 100% containment on the Stewart Fire yesterday afternoon, and the fire has been moved into patrol status. There may still be visible smoke from the interior of this 212 acre fire until wetting rain moves into the area.
The Fawn Creek, Stewart, and Wolf fires received no rain yesterday. Crews and resources remain prepared to assist with initial attack on new fire starts in the area.
Crews on the Fawn Creek Fire will continue to improve and strengthen hand line along the southeast edge and the northwest corner, mopping up as they move around the fire perimeter.
On the Wolf Fire, crews will continue to improve and secure hand line while mopping up and removing heat from areas near the edge of the fire.
“We know that even though these fires are holding less heat and we are moving toward containment, all personnel assigned to these fires must remain vigilant and ensure that we stay aware of the dangers around us,” said Craig Haslam, Safety Officer with Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.
Forecasted weather will be similar to the past few days with high temperatures around 90 and relative humidity dropping to the mid-teens as the day progresses. Thunderstorms are expected to develop over the area around 11 a.m. Once again outflow winds, which may gust to 40 mph, and lightning will likely be associated with these thunderstorms. Westerly ridgetop winds will be predominant over the fires until 1p.m. when the winds will shift to the northwest, gusting to 25 mph.
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.