Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Black Mountain Fire Update
Thursday, September 2 2021
MedBow-Routt Type III Team
Josh Morgan, Incident Commander; Blake Creagan, Incident Commander (Trainee)
Information Phone: 970-834-3373
Inormation Staffing Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Current Situation: Firefighters were able to directly engage the edge of the fire in several locations yesterday. The Black Mesa “hot shot” crew put out hot spots and cold-trailed along the western edge of the fire, where there was minimal fire activity. Cold trailing is a method of controlling an inactive fire edge by carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat to detect any fire, digging out every live spot and trenching any live edge. Other crews were able to begin digging fireline along the southeastern edge of the fire. Rain fell on the fire area yesterday afternoon overnight, which moderated fire activity.
Rain will continue to slow fire behavior today. Access to the fire may be limited due to muddy road conditions. Firefighters plan to “go direct” and build on yesterday’s progress establishing fireline. A heavy equipment crew will start dozer line near the southeast edge of the fire. Aerial Operations will continue to support firefighters, as needed, with water or retardant drops from helicopters.
Weather Conditions: The fire area received .25 inch of rain as of this morning. There is a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms until late afternoon.
Evacuations, Closures, and Fire Restrictions: Two zones in rural Grand County near Parshall remain in pre-evacuation status. For specific information in Grand County visit: https://gcgeo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ca4f74421b69416da9be1b9b92166534
To sign up for emergency alerts in Grand County, go to https://www.co.grand.co.us/193/Sign-Up-for-Emergency-Alerts
For closures on BLM and National Forest lands related to the fire, visit the Black Mountain Fire InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7825/
Grand County has Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. For information, visit www.gcemergency.com. You can also get information on wildfire preparedness at https://bewildfireready.org/
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland have Stage 1 Fire restrictions. For information, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD923423
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place. TFR violations can disrupt aerial firefighting operations and may force fire managers to ground essential aircraft. Wildfires are a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Black Mountain Fire Statistics:
Size: 416 acres
Total Personnel: 167
Location: Approximately 8 miles NE of Kremmling
Reported: Sunday, August 29, 2021 at approximately 01:00 PM
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
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