The #TabeguacheFire is now at 90 percent containment. Thank you to the U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests, firefighters, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and all others that worked 24/7 to contain this fire quickly.


Tabeguache Fire Update 

Montrose, Colorado, July 11, 2018

The Type 3 organization transferred management of the fire to Type 4 Incident Commander Schultz and the local unit today. This will be the final news release issued for the Tabeguache Fire. If significant activity occurs, it will be posted on the Forest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/).

Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla

Start Date: July 6, 2018

 Size: 500 acres

Percent Contained: 90 percent

Resources: 2 engines, 1 crew, 1 helicopter, 50 total personnel

Jurisdiction: USFS

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper, brush

Structures Threatened: No structures have been damaged, and none are threatened.

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior today was minimal.

Road Closures: None

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR): A TFR is in effect over the fire area until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. Remember, “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Please visit www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com for additional information.

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

 


Tabeguache Fire Update
Montrose, Colorado, July 10, 2018

Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla

Start Date: July 6, 2018

Size: 500 acres

Percent Contained: 85 percent

Resources: 3 engines, 4 crews, 1 water tender, 1 helicopter, 117 total personnel

Jurisdiction: USFS

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper, brush

Structures Threatened: No structures have been damaged, and none are threatened.

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior today has been minimal with creeping and smoldering activity.

Road Closures: None

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR): A TFR is in effect over the fire area until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. Remember, “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Please visit www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com for additional information.

Incident Commander: Joe Sampson

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


Tabeguache Fire Update
Montrose, Colorado, July 9, 2018

Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla

Start Date: July 6, 2018

Size: Approximately 500 acres

Percent Contained: 65 percent

Jurisdiction: USFS

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper, brush

Summary: At 10 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, the lightning-caused Tabeguache Fire was reported seven miles northeast of Nucla, CO, on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

The fire is approximately 500 acres and is 65 percent contained. There are currently 134 firefighters working in steep terrain comprised of pinyon-juniper and brush. Firefighters have taken advantage of reduced fire activity and made good progress on the east, south, and west sides of the fire. No structures have been damaged, and none are threatened at this time.

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior today has been minimal with creeping and smoldering activity.

Resources Assigned and Ordered:
 Crews: 4
 Engines: 4
 Helicopters: 2
 Water Tenders: 2
 Miscellaneous Overhead

Structures Threatened: None

Road Closures: Road closure for National Forest Service Road 660 has been lifted.

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR): A TFR is in effect over the fire area until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. Remember, “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Please visit www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com for additional information.

Incident Commander: Joe Sampson

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


Latest update on #TabeguacheFire as of 7/8/18 at 19:09 from U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests

#TabeguacheFire Update

Montrose, Colorado, July 8, 2018

Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla

Start Date: July 5, 2018

Size: Approximately 500 acres

Percent Contained: 10%

Jurisdiction: USFS

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper brush

Summary: At 10:34 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, the lightning-caused Tabeguache fire was reported seven miles northeast of Nucla, CO on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

The fire has grown to approximately 500 acres and is ten percent contained. Additional resources arrived today and there are now approximately 100 firefighters working in steep terrain comprised of pinyon-juniper and brush. The fire area received rain overnight, which has led to reduced fire activity today. Today’s firefighting operations have focused on securing the east and south flanks of the fire. No structures have been lost, and none are threatened at this time.

Fire Behavior: Low to moderate fire behavior with fire creeping and smoldering along with some isolated tree torching.

Resources Assigned and Ordered:

Crews: 4
Engines: 4
Helicopters: 2
Water Tenders: 2
Miscellaneous Overhead

Structures Threatened: None

Closures:

A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Road Closures due to fire activity:

*Pinto Mesa Road (National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 660

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Please refer to www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com for additional information.

Fire Weather: Cooling temperatures and thunderstorms are possible in the area.

Incident Commander: Joe Sampson

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

Please be advised this image is not of the fire, but rather a generic graphic used for all fire updates.


7/8/18 2:45pm Update

Tabeguache Fire Update
Fire Statistics:
Name: TabeguacheFire
Type 3 Incident Commander: Joe Sampson
Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla, CO
Size: Approximately 500 acres
Cause: Lightning
Weather: Extensive rain overnight
Jurisdiction: USFS
Containment: 0%
Threatened Structures: 0


7/7/18 9:15pm Update
Latest update on the #TabeguacheFire from the U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests

At 10:34 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, the lightning-caused Tabeguache fire was reported seven miles northeast of Nucla, CO on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

The fire is approximately 155 acres and zero percent contained as of 8:00 p.m. Approximately 80 firefighters are working in steep terrain comprised of pinyon-juniper and brush with moderate to high fire behavior with some isolated torching. Firefighters are being assisted by both helicopters dropping water directly on the fire and air tankers dropping retardant to slow the spread of fire. Additional resources have been ordered. Currently, there are no structures threatened. The fire is currently receiving a fair amount of precipitation.

Road Closures due to fire activity:

· Pinto Mesa Road (National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 660

· 25 Mesa Road (Delta-Nucla Road) is closed between the Forest boundary outside of Nucla, Colorado and NFSR 640.

Firefighter and public safety will remain the priorities on this incident.

Fire Statistics:
Name: Tabeguache
Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla, CO
Size: Approximately 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Jurisdiction: USFS
Containment: 0%
Threatened Structures: 0
Incident Commander: Mike Schultz

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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
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.


7/7/18 8:45pm Update: Photos from the #TabeguacheFire that is currently burning outside of Nucla on the U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests. The photos are from Commissioner Keith Caddy, Deputy Schmalz, Deputy Lacosse, and Deputy Sandefur. More fire info coming shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Contact: John Abernathy, Public Information Officer, 970-765-8563
GMUG Fire Information Line: 970-874-6602

Montrose, Colorado, July 7, 2018 –

At 10:34 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, the Tabeguache fire was reported seven miles northeast of Nucla, CO on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

The first engine crew on scene found a five to seven acre fire burning on a steep hillside primarily in pinion-juniper and brush. Ground and air resources are actively suppressing this fire.
Current resources on scene are:
• 2 engines
• 1 helicopter with bucket and helitack crew
• 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS)
Additional resources are on order.
The cause of this fire has been determined to be lightning.
More information will be posted as this incident developes.
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmug_nf?lang=en

Please note: Forest Service Road 660 is closed at this time.

#TabeguacheFire

 

 

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