Bull Draw Fire Update
August 17, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander
Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018 Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO Size: 28,000 acres
Percent Contained: 21% Total Personnel: 455 Cause: Lightning
Special Notes: Today, the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and unincorporated lands within Montrose County will be implementing Stage
1 Fire Restrictions. Unincorporated lands within Mesa County remain in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Further information about fire
restrictions can be found at: GMUG Info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/home/…,
Mesa County Fire Info: https://bit.ly/2MkFcQc, Montrose County Fire Info: https://bit.ly/2PgT3t9.
BLM and National Forest lands, roads and trails affected by the Bull Draw Fire are closed to public use.
Yesterday, the closure area was expanded. For specific details go to the Closure Map at:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/relat…/pict20180716-201028-0.jpeg
For early season hunters in Unit 61 who may be impacted by the Bull Draw Fire: If you have questions regarding your early
season license options you can contact Colorado Parks & Wildlife at the Montrose office at 970-252-6000.
Weather: A gradual drying trend will take place through Saturday, with more significant drying Sunday and Monday. There will
still be enough moisture in the air for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and Saturday. Sustained wind speeds will
increase over the weekend. Today’s weather outlook is for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Afternoon winds will be 5-10mph from the west to northwest with gusts up to 15mph. High temperatures for the
day are expected to be 79-84 on the ridge tops and 85-90 in the valleys. The relative humidity will drop to 15-20% this afternoon.
Current Situation: Yesterday, the fire grew about 700 acres. Most of this growth was a result of the fire pushing further north in
Willow Canyon, UC Canyon and Beaver Branch. The fire has hooked around the southern edge of the mesa between Garvey and
Long Canyons. Upslope afternoon winds will facilitate the fire’s continuing north and northeasterly spread. The fire is moving
gradually through the aspen groves found in the higher elevations of the fire area. However, when the fire encounters conifers
amongst the aspens, the pockets of conifers burn more aggressively, potentially sending embers skyward that can start “spot”
fires up to ¼ mile ahead of the fire’s leading edge.
Crews and heavy equipment are felling hazard trees, thinning the forest edge and removing understory fuels along the Uranium
Road as part of our strategy to contain the northwestern flank of the fire.
Yesterday, firefighters closed the final gap in our fireline around the south and southeastern flanks of the fire’s perimeter. This is
a significant achievement in our efforts to secure the south and southeastern flanks of the fire. Today, crews will be working to
further secure this line. Masticators and dozers continue to improve a contingency fire line near the Garvey Ranch roughly 1-2
miles below the handline. This contingency line provides a second line of defense in preventing the fire from hooking back
towards homes and ranches north of Nucla.
The western flank of the fire continues to slowly progress towards natural fire barriers. This western flank of the fire is unstaffed,
allowing resources to be utilized on higher priority areas.
Public health info: Smoke from various fires around the state of Colorado and other western states will continue to impact this
area. For a detailed daily air quality summary, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx
Information Center: 970-578-0213 (hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line), and
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures
Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Bull Draw Fire Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059 GMUG Email: r2_gmug_visitor_information@fs.fed.us
Bull Draw Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/ GMUG Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF
Bull Draw Fire Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov


Delta, Colorado, August 17, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced further closures in response to the Bull Draw Fire. The remote blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 27,320 acres and is burning on both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands.

Due to the fire’s continued encroachment on Forest Service lands, increased fire traffic and the safety of the public and fire personnel, the following area of the Uncompahgre National Forest’s Plateau Division will be closed to public access:

• The area bordered on the northeast by NFSR 404 (Divide Forks Road) and to the northwest by NFSR 416 (Rim Road), on the west and southwest by National Forest boundary and NFSR 600 (Windy Point Junction) to 1 mile east of the NFSR 402 (Divide Road) back to the north at NFSR 404 (Divide Forks Road).

The area closure is in addition to an expanded road closure as the Divide Road (NFSR 402), from its junction with Big Creek Road (NFSR 403) south to its junction with Wind Point Junction (NFSR 600) will be closed to public access.

A closure map has been attached for your convenience. These closures are being enacted in the interest of public health and safety. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated on this matter. For questions concerning these emergency closures please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211. Early season hunters in Unit 61 who may be impacted by the Bull Draw Fire closures are asked to direct their questions to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Montrose Office at 970-252-6000

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August 17th 8:30am  Good morning community. The #bulldrawfire is 28,000 acres and has 21% containment. We’ve turned a corner in the south and we will post a full update in a few hours.


Bull Draw Fire Update
August 15, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander

Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO
Size: 26,370 acres
Percent Contained: 19%
Total Personnel: 388
Cause: Lightning

Weather: Today’s weather outlook is for partly cloudy skies and a 30% chance of afternoon storm cells. These thunderstorms can bring gusty and erratic outflow winds, along with active lightning. Winds will shift direction today, coming from the southeast in the morning and swinging around to the northwest by late afternoon. Wind speeds will be 5-10mph, with gusts up to 15mph. Temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s on the ridge tops and upper 80s in the valleys. The relative humidity will drop to 18-23% this afternoon.

Current Situation: Since our last morning update, the fire grew 1,180 acres. Most of this growth is a result of the fire continuing to push north into Deep Canyon. Afternoon winds are predicted from the southwest and west, which will facilitate the fire’s spread up Deep Canyon and its adjoining side canyons. Engines continue mopping-up scattered pockets of heat around the Campbell Point homes. Crews are addressing threats to these homes from smoldering fires creeping up through unburned fingers of vegetation below these structures.

On the eastern flank of the fire, crews are felling hazard trees, thinning the forest edge and removing understory fuels along the Divide Road to prepare for burnout operations later this week.

The southern edge of the fire has two different operations. The first operation is utilizing Hotshot and hand crews to construct control lines directly on the fire’s edge up to the point where the fire has currently stalled inside the old 2004 Campbell Fire scar. The second operation is utilizing masticators and dozers to construct a contingency fire line roughly 1-2 miles below the handline. This contingency line provides a second line of defense in preventing the fire from hooking back towards homes and ranches in the Nucla area. Masticators are tracked pieces of equipment that will grind a standing 30-foot tree into chips in less than a minute.

The western flank of the fire continues to slowly progress towards natural fire barriers. This western flank of the fire is unstaffed, allowing resources to be utilized on higher priority areas.

Closures and Evacuations: A 17-mile section of the Divide Road remains closed. The closure is from the junction of “Brushy Ridge” National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #408, and the Divide Road NFSR #402, to the “Windy Point” junction NFSR #600 Road and the Divide Road #NFS 402. For questions concerning this closure please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

There are closures in place for BLM and US Forest Service areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. Closures include BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated with these closures. For a map of current BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to https://bit.ly/2vSLNLe

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login

Public health info: Smoke from the western states, and various fires around the state of Colorado will continue to impact this area. Today, periods of light to moderate smoke haze are expected in our region. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

Information Center: 970-578-0213 (hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures

Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059
Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/


Bull Draw Fire Update
August 14, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander

Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO
Size: 25,190 acres
Percent Contained: 19%
Total Personnel: 380
Cause: Lightning

Weather: Storms passed through yesterday afternoon bringing with them 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain. The rain only fell along the Northeastern side of the fire. There was not enough rain to impact the fire’s spread. Today, there are still storm cells surrounding areas of the fire. They continue to bring gusty and erratic outflow winds, along with active lightning. Local winds over the fire are down slope, down valley this morning (winds will follow the terrain, down into the lower elevations). Wind will shift directions this afternoon, coming from the north/ northwest at 5-10mph, with gusts up to 15mph. Temperatures remain around mid-80s on the ridge tops and low 90s in the valley. With the monsoon moisture and storm cells present, the relative humidity will be 17-22%.

Current Situation: Since our last morning update, the fire has grown 3,410 acres. Due to afternoon storm cells and gusty winds, fire made two main pushes to the northwest and southern edge of the fire. In the northwest fire grew around the Campbell Point/ Coyote Basin area. In the southern area of the fire continued to push into the 2004 Campbell fire scar.

Engines and crews are working around the Campbell Point homes to reduce the amount of heat in that area. On the northeastern edge of the fire, crews are felling hazard trees and preparing the Divide Road for burnout operations later in the week. The southern edge of the fire has two different operations. The first operation is utilizing hand crews and dozers to construct direct fireline connecting to the old 2004 Campbell Fire scar. The second operation is utilizing hand crews and dozers to construct contingency fire line around the southern area due to values at risk. The western edge of the fire has not gained significant acreage and continues to smolder around natural barriers. This edge of the fire is unstaffed allowing resources to be utilized on higher priority areas.

Smoke from the western states, and various fires around the state of Colorado will continue to impact this area.

Closures and Evacuations: A 17-mile section of the Divide Road remains closed. The closure is from the junction of “Brushy Ridge” National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #408, and the Divide Road NFSR #402, to the “Windy Point” junction NFSR #600 Road and the Divide Road #NFS 402. For questions concerning this closure please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

There are closures in place for BLM and US Forest Service areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. Closures include BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated with these closures. For a map of current BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to https://bit.ly/2vSLNLe

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login

Public health info: Periods of moderate to heavy smoke conditions are now found in the area. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

Information Center: 970-578-0213
(hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures

Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059 Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/


8/14/18 Update: will be posting the detailed daily update in a few hours. The Bull Draw Fire is 25,190 acres and it grew 3,400 acres in the last 24 hours. Containment is 19%.



Bull Draw Fire Update
August 12, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander

Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO
Size: 19900 acres
Percent Contained: 12%
Total Personnel: 298
Cause: Lightning

Weather: Today, there will be storm cells in areas surrounding the fire. The storm cells have very little chance of producing any wetting rain. The winds will be light (2-5mph), coming from the South/Southeast in the morning. This will push the edges of the fire to the North/ Northwest. In the afternoon the winds will increase (7-12mph), and shift directionally coming from the North / Northwest. This shift will push the fire to the South/ Southeast this afternoon. The shifting winds and sporadic gusts from passing storms could cause fire to behave aggressively and erratically. Temperatures will remain in the mid-80s on the ridges and low 90s in the valleys. Relative humidity will be in the mid-teens to low twenties. If slope and winds align, expect significant runs to the North, West and East.

Current Situation: The fire grew 1,135 acres since our last morning update. The Bull Draw Fire is a long duration fire. Fire acreage will continue to grow as the fire naturally progresses towards indirect containment lines. Indirect fireline is constructed a safe distance in front of the advancing edge of the fire, and it is often utilized when the direct edge of the fire is unsafe for crews.

Yesterday, the fire reached the Campbell Point area. Authorities notified landowners with impacted land. At this time, the only property loss is a single travel camper, with no other structures impacted. Resources were staffed overnight to monitor and patrol structures in the Campbell Point area. The fire continues to push Northwest near structures. Crews on this Northwestern side will perform burnout operations along the Z8 road towards the intersection with Divide Road.

Crews on the Northeastern side of the fire are preparing the Divide Road for burnout operations. The Southeast side of the fire has hand crews and heavy equipment constructing fireline to the 2004 “Campbell Fire” scar. Fireline will continue through the scar, connecting to the Divide Road. When conditions are adequate, and the line is fully constructed, crews will begin to prep for burnout operations. Burning out areas will help close the gap by eliminating fuel between the flame front and the containment lines.

The south western/west edge of the fire will be monitored by air craft and will not be staffed due to firefighter safety.

Closures and Evacuations: A 17-mile section of the Divide Road remains closed. The closure is from the junction of “Brushy Ridge” National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #408, and the Divide Road NFSR #402, to the “Windy Point” junction NFSR #600 Road and the Divide Road #NFS 402. For questions concerning this closure please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

There are closures in place for BLM and US Forest Service areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. Closures include BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated with these closures. For a map of current BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to https://bit.ly/2vSLNLe

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login

Public health info: Periods of moderate to heavy smoke conditions are now found in the area. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

Information Center: 970-578-0213 (hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures

Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059
Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/


8/11/18 at 5:45 p.m. Updated acreage is 19,330 acres and 12% containment


Bull Draw Fire Update
August 11, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.
Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander
Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018 Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO Size: 18,765 acres
Percent Contained: 13% Total Personnel: 216 Cause: Lightning
Weather: This weekend will see increased chances of thunderstorms in the area and no wetting rain. Outflow winds from passing
storms could push the fire aggressively and erratically. Hot conditions will continue with high temperatures in the mid-80s.
Relative humidity will rise, but weather conditions and dry fuels could contribute to extreme fire behavior if slope and wind align.
If wind speeds increase, the fire has the potential for torching and significant runs.
Current Situation: The fire grew 4,723 acres in the past 24-hours and continues to actively push towards the southeast.
Significant fire activity is expected in the north and east again today. Changes in wind direction are bringing smoke from this
fire to communities in the east and south. Expect to see growth each day as the fire burns towards containment lines and as a
result large smoke plumes will be likely in the afternoon and evenings.
Significant smoke is found all throughout Colorado – much of this is from other fires in other states to the west – as well as
various fires in Colorado.
Yesterday, the fire reached private property at Campbell Point (Mesa County). This morning, crews are assessing the area. At the
time of this update there has been no report of lost homes. Structure protection continues in this area and resources are now
assigned overnight to monitor this area.
Crews have been active with suppression activities in the northeast and northwest. The majority of crews are now in the
northeast working along the Divide Road NFSR #402.
In the southeast (Montrose County), crews are using machinery and hand tools to construct firebreaks east towards the
area of the old 2004 “Campbell Fire”. This activity might take three to four days.
The south, southwest, and western flanks are lightly staffed.
Closures and Evacuations: A 17-mile section of the Divide Road remains closed. The closure is from the junction of “Brushy
Ridge” National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #408 and the Divide Road NFSR #402, to the “Windy Point” junction NFSR #600 Road
and the Divide Road #NFS 402. For questions concerning this closure please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.
There are closures in place for BLM and US Forest Service areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. Closures include BLM roads, trails
and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly
appreciated with these closures. For a map of current BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to https://bit.ly/2vSLNLe
To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at
https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County
visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login
Public health info: Periods of moderate to heavy smoke conditions are now found in the area. For a detailed daily air quality
summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx
Information Center: 970-578-0213 (hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures
Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059 Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/


8/818 12pm: Bull Draw Fire Forces Section of Divide Road Closure

Delta, Colorado, August 8, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced the closure of a portion of the Divide Road (NFSR #402) in response to the nearby Bull Draw Fire beginning August 8, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. The remote lightning-caused blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 7899 acres and is burning on both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests System Lands.

Due to fire traffic activity along the Divide Road and the safety concerns for the public and fire personnel, the following closure will be enacted:

  • National Forest System Road (NFSR) #402 from the junction of NFSR #408 (Brushy Ridge) and NFSR #402 (approximately 21.5 miles from the junction of HWY 141/NFSR #402), south to the junction of NFSR #600 and NFSR #402 (Windy Point Junction). The closure is approximately 17 miles.

This road closure is in addition to the current area closure which includes the area bordered on the southwest by NFSR #668 from the Forest boundary to NFSR #402, on the northeast by NFSR #402, on the northwest by NFSR #407 from the Divide Road to the Forest boundary and on the southwest from the Forest boundary back to NFSR #668.

The public is asked to adhere to these closures and pay close attention to all road signage. For questions concerning this emergency closure please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

Fire Information Links:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059

Bull Draw Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/

West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com

GMUG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/

GMUG Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF

Colorado Air Quality: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

 


Bull Draw Fire Update

August 8, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brain Pisarek, Incident Commander

 Information Center: 970-578-0213 (hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures

 Media Information Line: 720-593-9939

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059                Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/

 Special notes: The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced the closure of a portion of the Divide Road beginning at 12 p.m today. Closure details: National Forest System Road (NFSR) #402 from the junction of NFSR #408 (Brushy Ridge) and NFSR #402 (approximately 21.5 miles from the junction of HWY 141/NFSR #402), south to the junction of NFSR #600 and NFSR #402 (Windy Point Junction). The closure is approximately 17 miles. This closure is to allow crews to safely prepare for fire-fighting operations – including potential burn out operations.

The Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team is now utilizing the Nucla Community Center for fire management operations.

There is now an official Facebook page for the Bull Draw Fire: (@BullDrawFire) https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/

We plan to post video updates for the duration of the Type 2 team’s management of the fire.

Weather: This week’s hot and dry conditions will continue with high temperatures in the low 90s. Relative humidity will range from 7-12%. Prevailing winds will be from the northwest 4-7 mph. These hot and dry conditions might last until Friday when winds from passing storms could occur near the fire.

Current Situation: There have been no structures lost. Yesterday, the fire had a 12% increase in acres and there was limited fire activity on the south, east and west sides of the fire. The fire is most active on the north side (Mesa County). The fire continues to back down the ridge at the South Fork Mesa Creek drainage. The Roosevelt Hotshot crew is constructing fire-line to limit the fire spread along the southwest flank. Today, an additional hand crew will assist with hand-line construction and holding the southwest. Most of the crew activity and engine resources will continue to focus on the northwest in structure protection. At this stage, fire managers have the staffing and equipment needed to be proactive and safe in fighting this fire in its current conditions.

Current weather conditions and fuels could contribute to more extreme fire behavior on the north slopes if slope and wind align.  If wind speeds increase, the fire has the potential for some torching and runs.

 Closures and Evacuations: There are multiple closures in place for areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. These are in effect for both public and firefighter safety and to allow fire operations to be carried out successfully.

Closures include BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. For a map of BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to: https://bit.ly/2AMkyYl.

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at  https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login.

 Public health info: Smokey conditions will persist in the area. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx. Other fires across the western states are also affecting  overall air quality and smoke in the area.

 Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO
Size:  7,899 acres
Percent Contained: 35%
Total Personnel: 224
Cause: Lightning


 

 

 


 

8/8/18 Current Situation: Fire behavior was moderate yesterday, and some smoke columns were visible over the fire. There is still potential for severe fire behavior; fuel moisture levels are extremely low. The Bull Draw Fire has been completely consuming heavy fuels and carrying fire through more resistant fuels such as Aspen and pasture lands. As the fire moves into timber, it has the potential to produce larger, uphill runs.

The fire is currently most active on the north side (Mesa County) where it is backing down drainages into Mesa Creek. Yesterday, crews performed structure protection tactics in the Weimer Cow Camp and in the cluster of houses northwest of the fire. Firefighters will continue this work today, installing sprinkler systems in those areas to prepare structures in the event of fire spread. There have been no structures lost.

A type 1 hotshot crew has been ordered for firefighting efforts on the northeast portion of the fire. Fire in this area is backing into the Atkinson Creek drainage. Air attack is performing water drops in the area to limit fire behavior. On the east fire perimeter, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up (cleaning up). Crews on the south and south west portions of the fire are monitoring that perimeter for areas of heat or fire spread. The west side of the fire is difficult terrain and only allows for foot travel. A second hotshot crew will hike from the south, traveling north along the western side of the fire to scout for opportunities to construct fire line on the west side.

Much of the terrain surrounding the Bull Draw Fire is steep, rugged, and difficult for travel. As more crews arrive and navigate these areas on foot, firefighter safety will remain the number one priority

There is now an official Facebook page for the Bull Draw Fire: (@BullDrawFire) https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/. Beginning this evening, operations videos will be posted to inform viewers of current fire status and upcoming tactical strategies.

Weather: Hot and dry conditions persist today with temperature highs at 90-95F.  Relative humidity remains low at 5-10%. Winds are from the west to northwest at 6-10 mph, with occasional gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chances of wetting rain remains near 0%. Fire weather conditions are very elevated throughout the week; however, the absence of strong winds has kept the area out of a red flag warning thus far.

Special notes: Aerial operations will continue over the fire in the coming days. PLEASE DO NOT FLY DRONES. Drones prevent essential firefighting activities, and can cause aircraft to crash, killing pilots and crews. Please report any suspected drone use to law enforcement.

Closures and Evacuations: There are multiple closures in place for areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. Closures are to support public and firefighter safety and to allow fire operations to be carried out successfully. BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads are affected. For a map of BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to: https://bit.ly/2AMkyYl

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login

Public health info: Smokey conditions will persist in the area. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx


BULL DRAW FIRE UPDATE
August 6, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team
Brian Pisarek, Incident Commander

Information Center: 970-578-0213
(hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
For recorded info on area wildfires:
970-240-1070 (BLM Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit Information Line)
970-874-6602 (GMUG Fire Information) which includes information on Forest Service road closures
Media Information Line: 720-593-9939
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059
Email: 2018.BullDrawFire@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/

Special notes: As of 6 a.m. today (August 6, 2018) the Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team has assumed management of the Bull Draw Fire.

There is now an official Facebook page for the Bull Draw Fire: (@BullDrawFire) https://www.facebook.com/BullDrawFire/

Weather: Temperatures today will see highs up to 95 with minimum relative humidity levels at 5-10%. Winds are from the southwest at 3-10 mph with gusts increasing in the afternoon and continuing through sunset. Hot and dry conditions will persist into the week, with relative humidity dropping into the single digits and temperatures persisting in the mid-90s. This weather will keep the chance for wetting rain near 0%.

Current Situation:
There was minimal fire behavior on the south, east and west sides of the Bull Draw Fire yesterday, August 5. The fire is most active on the north side (Mesa County), where a small amount of growth occurred. The fire is backing down the ridge at the South Fork Mesa Creek drainage. Moderate growth is expected in the coming 24 hours. Current weather conditions and fuels could contribute to more extreme fire behavior on the north slopes if slope and wind align. There have been no structures lost.

Today, crews will maintain and improve existing fire line and continue structure preparation (this may include clearing flammable material away from houses and utilizing sprinkler systems). Operations staff from the Type 2 Team will scout for strategic opportunities that present the highest possibility for success while providing for firefighter and public safety. More resources have been ordered, and hotshot crews will be arriving to assist with firefighting operations over the coming days.

Closures and Evacuations: There are multiple closures in place for areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire. These are in effect for both public and firefighter safety and to allow fire operations to be carried out successfully. These include BLM roads, trails and lands, National Forest System roads and trails, and some county roads. For a map of BLM and National Forest closure areas, go to: https://bit.ly/2AMkyYl.

To sign up for emergency and evacuation notifications in Montrose County go to CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. To sign your cell phone up for emergency alerts in Mesa County visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759#/login.

Public health info: Smokey conditions will persist in the area. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality health advisory for much of western Colorado. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx. Other fires across the west are also affecting overall air quality and smoke in the area.

Bull Draw Fire Statistics:
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla, CO
Size: 6,439 acres
Percent Contained: 35% Total
Personnel: 114
Cause: Lightning

Montrose County Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Montrose County Sheriff’s Office U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests BLM – Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit


8/5 10:30am Bull Draw Wildfire Update (8/5 10:30 am): 6,097 acres estimated at 35% containment as of August 4, at 7 pm. Increased winds pushed fire further north into the Uncompahgre National Forest. Fire area closure and additional road closures in place. Ash and smokey conditions in surrounding areas. Additional resources are being ordered. A type 2 team will take over management of the fire Monday (8/6). For more fire and closure information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059/


MONTROSE, Colo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Emily Davis, 928-525-6490

August 3 Bull Draw Fire Update
Crews increase containment

Location: 12 miles northeast of Nucla
Start Date: July 29, 2018
Size: Approximately 4,253 acres August 3, 2018 at 11:00 am
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 25%
Resources: 75 personnel and air support
Vegetation: Pinyon, juniper and sagebrush

Fire activity: The crews secured a solid containment line along the east flank of the fire. Winds last night pushed the fire farther north into the Uncompahgre National Forest. Firefighters investigated reports of a new fire start in the area last evening and determined it to be part of the Bull Draw Fire.

Today’s operations: Hand crews will continue to work on hotspots particularly on the southern portion of the fire, and anchor into existing cold sections of the containment lines. There was no substantial precipitation in the fire area last evening; however, higher relative humidity is expected to create favorable weather conditions today. Crews expect to increase containment levels.

Interfering with fire operations: Officials are asking the public to be respectful of the fire operations working to protect private and public lands in the West End. Please stay away from fire fighting equipment and the areas where the resources are staged. Interfering with fire operations is a Class A federal misdemeanor, subject to up to 1 year in prison and/or $100,000 fine. Please report anything suspicious to the Montrose Regional Dispatch Center (970) 252-4010 or (970) 252-4020.

Closures:
• Montrose County Road U18/Spring Creek Truck Trail
• Forest Service Roads 425, 598, 599 and 668. These closures also affect the following trails: 616, 617, 623, 624, 622 and 625.
• These closures are in effect for firefighter and public safety. Fire managers ask members of the public to take care while driving in the general fire vicinity, as fire vehicles and equipment are present along narrow, rough and windy roads in the area.

Smoke impacts: Smoke and ash may be visible from various locations in San Miguel, Delta and Montrose counties. Other fires across the west are also affecting overall air quality and smoke in the area. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality health advisory for much of western Colorado. For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/air_quality.aspx

Fire information links for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests please visit:
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests website: www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF

Updated information and maps:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMMontroseFireUnit/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWD_Fire

 

 


MONTROSE, Colo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Emily Davis, 928-525-6490

August 2 Bull Draw Fire Update
Expected favorable weather will aid crews with containment
Location: 12 miles northeast of Nucla Cause: Lightning
Start Date: July 29, 2018         Size: Approximately 3815 acres August 2, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Resources: 75 personnel and air support        Containment: 5%
Vegetation: Pinyon, juniper and sagebrush

Fire activity: The fire had minimal growth overnight compared to the last few days, spreading east into an old burn scar and farther north onto the Uncompahgre National Forest. Fire fighting efforts continue to focus on protecting private resources and other values at risk primarily along the east flank of the fire.

Today’s operations: Hand crews and bull dozers continue working to secure contingency lines off the U18 Road, patrolling for hot spots on the east and southern flanks, and evaluating burn severity within the fire perimeter. Crews are hopeful for larger containment gains today with favorable wind conditions and weather outlook as well as better familiarity with the landscape.

Closures:

  • Montrose County Road U18/Spring Creek Truck Trail
  • Forest Service Roads 425, 598, 599 and 668. These closures also affect the following trails: 616, 617, 623, 624, 622 and 625.
  • These closures are in effect for firefighter and public safety. Fire managers ask members of the public to take care while driving in the general fire vicinity, as fire vehicles and equipment are present along narrow, rough and windy roads in the area.

Smoke impacts: Smoke and ash may be visible from various locations in San Miguel, Delta and Montrose counties. Other fires across the west are also affecting overall air quality and smoke in the area. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality health advisory for much of western Colorado. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx.

Updated information and maps:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6059/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMMontroseFireUnit/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWD_Fire

Fire information links for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests please visit:
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests website: www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF

8.2 Bull Draw Map
8.2 Bull Draw update_Final

Delta, Colorado, August 1, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced a series of road and trail closures in response to the Bull Draw Fire. The remote lightning-caused blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 3600 acres and is primarily burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, with a small portion crossing on to the GMUG.

Due to the fire’s encroachment on to National Forest System lands the following closures will be enacted immediately:

  • National Forest System Roads (NFSR) #425, #598, #599 and #668,
  • National Forest System Trails (NFST) #616 (Spring Creek), #617 (Little Johnson), #623 (Atkinson Bench), #622 (Big Johnson) and #624 (Atkinson),
  • NFST #625 (Upper Bench Trail), which will be closed at the end of NFSR #425.1A to prevent access to the other trail systems listed.

 

These closures are being enacted in the interest of public health and safety. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated on this manner. For questions concerning these emergency closures please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

Fire Information Links:

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information: 970-874-6602

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests website: www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF

Bull Fire Closure

Bull Draw 7.31 update

Bull Draw 7.30


Engines and air support responding to the 300-acre lightning-caused Bull Fire, 12 miles northwest of Nucla. One structure is threatened; structure protection is in place. Smoke is visible from various locations in the area. More information available in the morning.

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