Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
The Williams Fork Fire was active yesterday and today as red flag conditions returned to the area. The fire continued to grow in the McQueary Creek drainage near Jones pass and the Richey Creek drainage near Keyser Ridge, with two visible plumes of smoke visible from Grand, Summit and Clear Creek counties. Two Type 1 helicopters worked the north flank of the fire to keep growth in check between the fire perimeter and Keyser Creek. The weather outlook for the foreseeable future calls for continued extreme drought conditions with weather conducive to active fire behavior, including low relative humidity, temperatures 10-20 degrees warmer-than-normal, and 20 mph winds out of the west/northwest. More resources are arriving at the fire today, including crews, engines, and aircraft. A Type 2 team has been ordered. The multi-mission aircraft has flown the fire and updated acreage is expected later today. Due to the weather outlook and fire behavior, the forest closure order is expected to remain in place, as is, through at least the middle of next week.