U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 06/20/13|
Bull Gulch Fire grows overnight (06-20-13)
CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The Bull Gulch fire continues to burn nine miles northeast of Cotopaxi in Fremont County. It has burned 150 acres in brush, piñon, juniper and ponderosa pine forests. Eight smokejumpers, two 20-person hand crews, one Type 6 engine and about 50 personnel staffed the fire throughout the night. Two Single Engine Airtankers dropped retardant on the fire afternoon. Additional resources have been ordered to assist.
The fire was seen running, torching, and spotting yesterday. Fire managers expect similar fire activity today. Temperatures of 79 to 84 degrees are expected with humidity ranging from 3 to 8 percent. Winds will be out of the south at 12 to 17 miles per hour with gusts of 35.
No structures have been lost. The Texas Creek Trail system is closed. Several residents were put on pre-evacuation notice late . Please check with Fremont County Sheriff’s office for details.
The smoke visible in the Canon City area was not from the Bull Gulch Fire. Due to high fire activity throughout the state and wind direction, drift smoke from the West Fork Fire complex on the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado settled into much of Fremont County. The public can expect similar conditions today.
The cause of the Bull Gulch Fire is unknown.
Bull Gulch Fire Statistics at a Glance:
• Time/Date Started: June 19, 2013 approximately 1 p.m.
• Location: Fremont County, Colorado
• Cause: Under Investigation
• Fuels: Piñon, Juniper, Ponderosa Pine
• Size: 150 acres
• Containment: 0%
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|Last updated: 06-20-2013|
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