Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Fire crews on the Williams Fork Fire have reinforced control lines and cooled down areas with residual heat over the past few days. Heading into the Labor Day weekend, fuels are drying out again; with temperatures rising and relative humidity decreasing, the fire is expected to become more active through Sunday.
Yesterday, fire managers utilized an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to gain valuable insight into remote portions of the fire area. The northern flank of the fire was flown, providing fire managers valuable imagery, which will assist them in making informed decisions.
Helicopters dropped buckets of water over an area with residual heat in the southeast portion of the fire yesterday; this will continue as needed today. Crews continued work between the fire and Williams Creek, along St. Louis Creek Road (FS 160) and along Crooked Creek Road.
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests area closure remains in effect as fire operations continue. This closure ensures public and firefighter safety as heavy equipment is being utilized throughout the fire area. Forest Service officials and fire managers continue to reevaluate the area closure and will make changes when it is safe to do so. Forest visitors are encouraged to drive with special care over this busy holiday weekend.
Weather: The forecast calls for increasingly drier air and warmer temperatures with a possibility of red flag weather conditions returning to the area this weekend.
Forest Closures: Visit fs.usda.gov/arp for Forest Service area closure details. Updated information about hunting and wildlife from Colorado Parks and Wildlife can be found at cpw.state.co.us
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect for Grand County.
Fire Prevention: Creating a buffer between your home and trees, shrubs, or other wildland areas, is essential to improving your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Not only does this space help slow or stop the spread of wildfire, it also provides a safe place for firefighters to defend your home if conditions allow. Visit BeWildfireReady.org to learn more.