Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Black Mountain Fire Update
Monday, September 13, 2021
MedBow-Routt Type 3 Team
Josh Morgan, Incident Commander; Blake Creagan, Incident Commander (Trainee)
Information Phone: 970-834-3373
Information Staffing Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Special Note: Daily updates will no longer be provided for the Black Mountain Fire. Future updates will be issued pending changes in fire behavior, information or operations. We will continue to post timely information on the fire’s InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7825/.
Current Situation: Containment is now at 91% on the Black Mountain Fire. The added containment is on the west edge, where for several days, firefighters have methodically been clearing debris, putting out hot spots and carefully checking for heat.
The one remaining section of uncontained edge is located on the southeast "finger" of the fire. It is a steep, rocky rim containing thick patches of hazard trees. The area is not currently accessible because of safety concerns. Fire activity has been minimal near that edge, but there are some hot spots. Firefighters will continue to use helicopter water drops to cool off any flare-ups, and they will look for opportunities to safely engage the edge.
Today is the Medbow-Routt Type 3 team’s final day on the fire. Tomorrow command of the fire will be turned over to a local Type 4 Team. This is a full suppression fire. Firefighting efforts will not stop until 100% containment is reached.
Weather Conditions: A chance of rain showers in the morning and thunderstorms with erratic, gusty winds in the afternoon. The high temperature will be around 66 degrees.
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/
We realize hunting has been impacted by the fire. For information on hunting units affected, refer to the Colorado Parks andp Wildlife Hunting Atlas at https://ndismaps.nrel.colostate.edu/index.html?app=HuntingAtlas
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
Black Mountain Fire Statistics:
Size: 418 acres
Total Personnel: 120
Location: Approximately 8 miles NE of Kremmling
Reported: Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at approximately 01:00 PM
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