Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Today’s events centered on the Upson Creek area where air attack worked to encircle a large spot fire with retardant. Aircraft dropped six SEAT loads, four Large Air Tanker loads, and 2 Very Large Air Tanker loads of retardant around the Upson Creek spot fire. Meanwhile a portion of the team’s crew diverted from the fire a new start near Monarch Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. That fire was quickly contained. Despite wind gusts up to 40 mph, the south “hook” of the Williams Fork Fire remained calm today due to some cloud cover.
Crews worked to improve Forest Service Road 880.1 up to the boundary with the YMCA in order to improve egress and provide a potential fire line for Pole Creek. At Bottle Pass, the shaded fuel break is nearly complete. Work continues to reduce fuels around structures in the Fraser Experimental Forest, and handline improvement work is underway near Young Life.
While conditions will be more moderate Saturday, the long term weather outlook calls for continued extreme drought conditions with weather conducive to active fire behavior, including low relative humidity, windy conditions and warmer-than-normal temperatures.
The Type 2 Northern Rockies IMT 6 was in-briefed this evening and will take command of the fire Sunday.