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Williams Fork Fire

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Temporary change in weather conditions help firefighters on Williams Fork

Williams Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2020

Red Flag Warning for Thunderstorms, Gusty Winds, High Temperatures and Dry Fuel Conditions

The Williams Fork Fire increased in size by only a few hundred acres yesterday as it spotted over Darling Creek to the south by approximately a half-mile. The fire also continued to burn within its perimeter. A small smoke column could be seen over the fire as weather conditions allowed firefighters to make progress in containing the fire. Overall, the fire is 3% contained with this containment taking place in the northwest area of the fire along County Road 30. The Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Today’s firefighting efforts remain focused on protecting infrastructure and high resource values in the area, while remaining aware of potentially hazardous weather and fuels conditions as highlighted by the Red Flag Warning. Fire managers are developing contingency plans with an overall goal of preventing the fire from reaching private lands. 

The Williams Fork Fire Pre-Plan Map for pre-planning and preparation purposes is available for public use.  There are no standing evacuation orders for residential areas, including the Fraser Valley. For the most current information and to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Notifications please go to It is also recommended that all residents and visitors in Grand County download the CodeRed mobile application for cellular devices. Currently there are no evacuation orders for the Fraser Valley.

The U.S. Forest Service has a large closure area in effect west of Winter Park and Fraser that includes roads, trails and campgrounds. Please visit for details.

Please know that our emergency responders and evacuees are well equipped and supplied with food, water, and other supplies.  Please understand that we are unable to accept donations and instead suggest donations to the American Red Cross and our local shelters would be most appreciated.  

Evacuations: None.


Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!   

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