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 remained relatively quiet through most of the day Thursday, held in check by shade from smoke drifting in from the Mullen Fire. The most activity occurred on the south "hook" where the fire has crossed below the McQueary Creek Drainage into the area between lower Bobtail Creek and Jones Creek.
A spike crew continues construction on a fuel break by thinning trees along Bottle Pass while elsewhere crews are reinforcing and strengthening previously constructed control and containment lines. Structure protection measures have been put in place where necessary. Meanwhile, air support is dropping water on hot spots around the north end of the fire to keep it cool.
Smoke will blow out of the area overnight and Red Flag conditions are expected to return tomorrow. With continued heat, wind, and low relative humidity recovery overnight, smoldering fuels continue to dry out. Fire behavior will be active when wind, slope and fuels align. Conditions for Saturday and Sunday look more favorable with a mix of clouds. However, winds, sun and warm temperatures return again Monday.
The number of people supporting the fire has increased this week from 55 to 214, and the Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 6 is mobilizing. They are expected to assume command of the fire Sunday.