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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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Precipitation Reduces Fire Activity but Firefighters Remain Vigilant

Williams Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/8/2020

Summary: A cold front moving through the area today will bring snow and higher humidity.  Precipitation will cool hot areas and wet fuels, resulting in decreased fire activity throughout the day.  Helicopter operations may be shut down due to poor visibility caused by weather and smoke conditions. 

Yesterday, firelines along the St. Louis Creek and Crooked Creek roads were completed.  Helicopter water drops along the north and south edges of the fire prevented any significant spread.  Firefighters continued to monitor structure protection around the Bobtail Mine and Denver Water facilities.

Fire managers are closely monitoring fire behavior related to weather changes.  Firefighters will be staged to react, as needed, to any changes in fire behavior where it is safe for them to do so.

Weather: The forecast weather for today includes falling temperatures and widespread snow.  The high for today will be in the low 40’s with temperatures falling to the low 20’s by evening.  Windchill temperatures below zero will be a safety concern for fire managers.

Forest Closures: The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests area closure remains in effect as fire operations continue. This closure helps ensure public and firefighter safety while 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. 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. 

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