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|East Fork fire near Ridgway proves difficult to supress||| Print ||
Special to the Plaindealer
The Incident Management Team overseeing firefighting efforts on the East Fork Fire near Silver Jack Reservoir, has found the fire difficult to supress. Steep, inaccessible terrain, gusty winds and extremely dry conditions make the fire resistant to control. Fortunately the fire is burning in a remote location and no structures have been lost. The fire has grown in size to 370 acres as of Saturday morning.
The East Fork Fire is located in the East Fork of the Cimarron on the Uncompahgre National Forest, approximately 13 miles East-Northeast of Ridgway, CO near FS Road 863, about 3-4 miles east southeast of Silver Jack Reservoir.
Due to the increased complexity of the fire and its resistance to control, the local Type 3 Incident Management Team has decided to order a Type 2 Incident Management Team who will assume direction of fire suppression activities as of Monday morning. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is called upon to deal with incidents with more complexity. It consists of men and women who specialize in various aspects of fire suppression, including obtaining resources, safety, and finance.
Fire Danger remains very high to extreme in most parts of Colorado. Stage 1 fire restrictions begin Monday, June 24th, on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The Grand Mesa National Forest will not have Stage 1 restrictions at this time. Check the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest website for the latest information, (www.fs.usda.gov/gmug) or call the GMUG Fire Hot Line at (970) 874-6602.
Residents are urged to exercise extra caution with all use of fire.
The Forest Service has issued a Forest Order to temporarily close certain roads and trails in the fire area to protect the public and allow firefighting equipment access.
These include the Alpine Trail (FST 225,255.1A,252) from the Alpine Guard Station to the Jackson Guard Station), Little Cimarron Trail (FST 229), Fall Creek Trail (FST 231), East Fork Trail (FST 228), Middle Fork Trail (FST 227), Middle Fork Road (861.1, 861.A1,) Little Cimarron Road (FS 864 and 864.A), High Mesa Road (864.A), Big Cimarron/Owl Creek Pass road (FSR 858) from the Forest boundary at Big Cimarron Campground to Owl Creek Pass, and the East Fork Road (FSR 863).
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