Daily Update and Map #CowCreekFire Sunday 10/20/19

Summary:
The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team transitioned with the local Type III team on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm. Overnight the fire received 2-3 inches of snow. Strong winds prevented an infrared flight so an updated acreage is not available. Heavy fuels will remain extremely dry until significant precipitation is received. 

Today’s fire behavior will be moderated by precipitation and colder temperatures. However; creeping, smoldering and single tree torching is expected. Firefighters on the southwest side of the fire will be monitoring backing fire activity as it moves downhill towards Cow Creek. On the north and northeast sides of the fire, crews are scouting for locations to build fireline where it will be most successful should the fire advance. On the east side of the fire, preparation of the containment line was completed and firefighters will be improving and holding the line.

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with 70% chance of snow/rain showers before 9 am, 20% the remainder of the day. Winds 20-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Closures:
Forest Service Roads: Owl Creek Pass Road (FSR 858) from the forest boundary up to Owl Creek Pass), Cow Creek Road (FSR 857) and West Fork Road (FSR 860) from Owl Creek Pass. Forest Service Trails (FST): Stealey Mountain South Trail (FST 258), Courthouse Trail (FST 218), Stealey Mountain North Trail (FST 219), Old Owl Creek Trail (FST 236), Cow Creek Trail (FST 220), Wetterhorn Basin Trail (FST 226), Spalding Park Trail (FST 237), FST 219.1B, 236.1B, 236.1A, and 144.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): TFRs are in place in the area around the fire to provide for the safety of firefighting aircraft and crews on the ground. Unauthorized use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, by the public is prohibited near active wildfires. If you fly, we can’t.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in place. Campers and hunters are reminded to never leave a campfire unattended and to make sure it is completely out using the “drown, stir, feel” method before leaving an area. For more information on campfire safety visit: https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety
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Operations Section Chief Colby Crawford provides an update on the #CowCreekFire on Sunday, October 20.

Posted by GMUG Fire Information on Sunday, October 20, 2019

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