Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Fire danger west of divide climbs to VERY HIGH; Check for fire bans!
GRANBY, Colo (June 14, 2021) – A second round of post-fire emergency assessments are underway in the East Troublesome Fire burn area on the Arapaho National Forest in Grand County, Colo. Forest Service specialists are in the area this week assessing burn severity, emergency stabilization needs and other requirements to protect life and safety within the burn area.
The East Troublesome burn area and all access points remain CLOSED to the public until these stabilization and mitigation efforts can be implemented. Currently, post-fire restoration efforts and fireline rehabilitation work is active in multiple locations across the burn area.
The East Troublesome Fire burned so late in the fall season last year that snow fell on the fire before Forest managers could get a clear picture of the fire impacts and implement stabilization and life safety mitigations. The Forest Service has had to wait until the snow melted this spring to start this work. Much of the fire area is expected to remain closed until critical actions can be taken to prevent further emergencies from occurring.
The types of actions that could be taken include: pulling culverts to prevent debris buildup and road washouts; building water bars on trails to prevent runoff and sedimentation into streams; installing hazard signage; removing and possibly replacing destroyed infrastructure such as bridges; cutting down hazardous burned trees along roads and trails to pose an immediate life-safety threat; rehabilitating fireline that helped slow the fire spread; and stabilizing slopes that pose a risk to visitors and streams.
In addition, a collaborative fire recovery team is working to prevent post-fire impacts to rivers and reservoirs. Stream gauges are being installed in the area to provide an early alert system to the public when flooding occurs while debris booms are being installed to prevent the movement of fire debris into reservoirs.
The public living and recreating near any fire area should be aware that post-fire flooding is a real danger following a hard rain. Be sure to check the weather forecast and sign up for alerts through the National Weather Service and Code Red in Grand County. Avoid camping in low lying areas near or downstream of a burned area.
Finally, much of western Colorado and Wyoming remain in extreme drought conditions. The risk of starting another wildfire is VERY HIGH. Be sure to check for fire restrictions for the area. If fires are allowed, be sure to drown and stir them completely until the coals are cold enough to hold. If stage one fire restrictions are in place, campfires will not be allowed outside of developed campgrounds with fees and hosts.
Help us prevent more wildfires and become a steward of these places we all must care for by checking the official local source for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/knowbefore or the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/fire/?cid=FSEPRD889210.