Current Size: 447 acres Containment: 3%
Management Strategy: Full suppression
Structures Threatened: 20 residences, 15 commercial properties, and 5 outbuildings
Structures Lost: none
Status: The fire has been light to moderately active; burning in spruce/fir fuels with creeping and single tree torching. Steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain (primarily below the Rim) with heavy dead/ down fuels that are extremely dry has made suppression efforts very difficult. The high elevation also affects crew and equipment efficiencies.
The Little Cimarron Creek Road and Road 864 are being heavily used by the fire crews for access to the fire. Some crews are staying in a ‘spike camp’ setup on the High Mesa. Road maintenance will be ongoing with road blading and dust abatement with water as needed.
Yesterday’s Activities: In spite of the high temperatures, fire activity was light with no visible column. Crews continued line construction up on the High Mesa and on the gentler slopes on the Little Cimarron side. Dozer line and fuel breaks were extended along the Rim to help containment efforts on the west flank above the inaccessible fire area.
Current Resources: Four 20-person crews, nine engines, two dozers, three water tenders, and three helicopters. Total personnel: 298.
Today’s Activities: A ‘Red Flag’ warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for lightning activity in our area. Super cell development is possible.
Crews will be taking direct suppression actions (High Mesa) where conditions allow safe completion. Scouting on the west side of fire for other safe opportunities to establish effective fireline is ongoing. Engine crews are nearly complete with assessment in the upper Little Cimarron vicinity.
Restrictions/Closures: A ‘Closure Order’ was been issued on June 21, 2013 by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests prohibiting use of National Forest System lands (Restricted Area), roads and trails that access the East Fork Fire area. In addition, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the East Fork Fire area. A road “Closure Order” for the BLM’s adjacent spur roads has been issued. Please contact: Gunnison Field Office for more information at 970-642-4940. On June 24, 2013, the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions due to high fire danger and ongoing fire activity. The prohibitions relate to campfires and smoking on National Forest System lands in the area.