West Fork Complex Fire Update
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander
Information Center: 719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279Hours of operation: 8:00 am
June 30, 2013
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Current Situation:East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires)Papoose Fire:
Today firefighters will again focus efforts on the northwest flank of the fire near Crooked Creek.Two days ago the fire had spotted across Crooked Creek into the area southeast of Hermit Lakes. Using acombination of dozer lines, hand lines, and water or retardant drops, firefighters will work to contain the spotfires and tie them into the main fire perimeter. On the east flank, the fire has crossed Trout Creek and is burningin the vicinity of Middle Creek. Firefighters will continue structure protection and evaluation of structuresalong Highway 149 east of the fire. Interior flare-ups where the fire is burning in the beetle killed spruce isexpected to continue.
Eastern Part of West Fork Fire:
The fire continues to be active in the Lake Humphreys and Elk Mountainareas on the north flank of the fire. Firefighters will again take advantage of natural fuel breaks in an effort tomanage the fire spread in a manner that will reduce impacts on structures. Along Highway 160, firefighters willlook for opportunities to secure the fire perimeter in its current location to reduce the chances of the firereaching the highway. Evaluation of structures continues east of Highway 149.
West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)
A change in wind direction and a brief rain yesterday brought little relief on the west part of the West Fork Fire.Air attack has been grounded the last 2 days due to smoke, but will resume today if conditions allow. Firecontinues to burn in timber that is dead due to Spruce Beetle kill.
Western Part of West Fork Fire:
The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning southof the continental divide. Structure protection is still in place for Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins, andBruce Spruce Resort, which is still open, and hose lays and sprinkler systems are in place and operational in theWest Fork Campground that is also open. Crews started to backhaul the excess firefighting equipment at BornsLake, Bruce Spruce and Wolf Creek.
Windy Pass Fire:
Activity on the Windy Pass Fire today was minimal. Crews completed work around LaneCreek and continue to monitor fire activity there.
thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon with moderate to heavy rainfall possible. Thiswill increase the potential for ash and mudslides in recently burned areas.
Thunderstorms are predicted for thenext few days with rain, lightning and winds being the primary concerns. Winds today will be out of thenorthwest 5-15 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.
Public Health and Safety:
Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Del Norte, and Creede. Themonitors are identified as #78 (Del Norte), #69 (Creede) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through