The Buttermilk Fire is 15% contained. Favorable weather helped ground and air support cool hot spots and complete contingency lines yesterday. Today, a Type I helicopter will continue to cool hot spots and secure line. Heavy equipment arrived late in the day yesterday and will begin building line to the east of Lime Kiln Gulch today. Full update and map at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6043/
7.30 Buttermilk update
Photos from today’s operations on the Buttermilk Fire. Crews prepared control and contingency lines in the Red Canyon area while helicopters continued bucket work. More info available —at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6043/
Buttermilk Fire grew to 670 acres yesterday. No structures are immediately threatened. C77 road remains closed so crews can stage resources. More information available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6043/
FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE ON THE BUTTERMILK FIRE…
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Contact: Emily Davis, 928-525-6490
Update: Firefighters Prepare and Plan for Next Steps on Buttermilk Fire
MONTROSE, Colo. – Bureau of Land Management fire managers continue to monitor the 336-acre Buttermilk Fire, while planning for next steps in the coming days.
Fire managers identified features outside of the wilderness area that will help stop the fire’s spread and help firefighters safely prevent growth. For public and firefighter safety, there is an immediate closure in place on the C77 road while crews stage resources in the targeted locations.
Currently, 25 personnel are assigned to the fire, including BLM, US Forest Service, state and local crews.
The lightning-ignited fire, primarily within the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness, is burning in pinyon-juniper along rough, rugged terrain. Fire activity and behavior are as expected, given the location and weather conditions. There are no immediate threats to structures or resource values.
Smoke will remain visible from the fire, especially in the afternoon when the daytime temperatures are the highest, relative humidity is the lowest and wind speeds increase.
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Contact: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399
BLM continues to monitor lightning-caused Buttermilk Fire near Montrose
MONTROSE, Colo. –The Bureau of Land Management is continuing to monitor and actively manage the lightning-caused Buttermilk Fire, 15 miles northeast of Montrose. The 249-acre fire is primarily within the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.
“Yesterday, as anticipated, the fire moved south and east,” said Randy Chappell, BLM Deputy Fire Management Officer. “Where it is safe to engage, firefighters will work on control activities if needed. This strategy keeps firefighter and public safety the top priority while allowing fire to play its natural, beneficial role in the environment.”
Smoke remains visible primarily in the afternoon when the daytime temperatures are the highest, relative humidity is the lowest and wind speeds increase.
The lightning-ignited fire began on July 23 and is burning in pinyon-juniper in a remote, rugged area of the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.
Currently, no closures are in place and there are no immediate threats to structures or resource values.
The BLM continues to monitor the Buttermilk fire that has burned about 169 acres within the Gunnison Gorge wilderness about 15 miles NE of Montrose. Forecasts indicate the chance for spreading outside of the wilderness remains minimal although fire crews are in place if suppression is required. Intermittent smoke will be visible throughout the coming days.
FOR RELEASE: July 24, 2018
Contact: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399 or Chris Asbjorn, 970-240-5317
BLM Uncompahgre Field Office monitors lightning caused Buttermilk Fire near Montrose
MONTROSE, Colo. –The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office is actively managing the lightning-caused Buttermilk Fire burning within the Gunnison Gorge wilderness about 15 miles northeast of Montrose, Colorado. The fire is currently 100 acres, and smoke is visible and may remain visible as the fire continues to burn.
The terrain is very steep and rugged with drainages flanking three-sides of the fire making it hazardous for firefighters to engage. Additionally, due to the remote location, there is no immediate threat to structures or resource values at this time.
“The Wilderness Act prevents motorized or mechanized activities where the fire is burning, and traditional fire suppression relies on vehicles, air support and motorized tools such as chainsaws to safely suppress a fire,” said Randy Chappell, BLM Deputy Fire Management Officer. “Therefore, we are developing plans to secure the fire perimeter if it moves beyond the wilderness area.”
Under current conditions, the fire also presents an opportunity for benefits to the ecosystem in the wilderness area.
“Using past, current and forecasted weather we are developing a management plan that identifies specific steps to protect resource values in this area,” said Chappell. “If needed, additional resources maybe dispatched for fire suppression activities.”