U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 07/02/12|
Pine Ridge Fire Update (06-30-12)
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander
Date June 30, 2012
Current Situation: The fire was less aggressive yesterday but remained active until 2:00 a.m. Crews will continue to reinforce the southwest corner while keeping it south of Horseshoe and Sulphur Canyons, west of the Colorado River and I-70, north of Main Canyon, and east of Mustang Ranch. The main priority remains protection of public and firefighters.
Crews on the northeast and northwest sections of the incident will construct fireline working off the roads and conducting burnout operations to remove unburned vegetation. On the west flank of the fire, crews will hold and improve line as they mop up and remove low branches from pinyon and juniper trees to keep fire on the ground and easier to control. Protection of Cottonwood galleries along the Colorado River is also a primary focus.
“The weather’s on our side today and we’re making good progress,” said Operation Section Chief Russ Long. Temperatures will be slightly cooler with low relative humidity and winds out of the west. This will increase the potential for fire activity on the north and south flanks to push east. With lighter winds, the potential for long range spotting will lessen.
As of 6:00 a.m. this morning, management of the Pine Ridge Fire transitioned from the local Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) to the Rocky Mountain Type 1 IMT. This will allow local fire management the opportunity to regroup and prepare for other initial attack and response needs. Several UCR Type 3 IMT members will continue working with the Rocky Mountain IMT.
A fire warning is still in effect for this area and these residents, should they choose to return home, should remain on pre-evacuation alert. Mandatory evacuation orders are still in place for areas east of 45.5 Road from T Road south to Hwy 65. This includes those residents on or near Horse Canyon Road or "Turkey Tracks." The danger in these areas remains very high.
1-70 is currently open but travelers should be aware that road closures could be implemented if fire activity warrants.
Community Meeting: A community meeting is being held today at 5:30 pm at The Community Center, 397 Minter Ave, DeBeque.
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|Last updated: 07-02-2012|
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