West Fork Complex Fire – evening update July 2nd, 2013

The three fires that make up the West Fork Complex only grew by 194 acres since the last perimeter data was released. The three fires that make up the complex have now burned a total of 96,936 acres and are 7% contained. There are 1,464 personnel on scene.

The only new perimeter data that has been made available was for the Papoose fire.

West Fork Complex Fire – morning update July 1st, 2013

A view of the Papoose Fire Credit: Chris Campbell

A view of the Papoose Fire
Credit: Chris Campbell

Since our last update the West Fork Complex fire now stands at 96,742 acres. That is up 6,686 acres. There are still 1508 personnel on scene and as of 11:00 am today it is reported as 4% contained.

Hwy 160 and HWY 149 are now open.

There are no public information meetings or media briefings scheduled at this time.

View our large West Fork Fire Complex Map to see daily perimeters of the fire.

West Fork Complex Fire – afternoon update June 28th, 2013

The West Fork Complex fires have grown a combined total of 7,052 acres since our last update. There are 1,561 personnel on scene and it is still reported as 0% containment.

Activity on the Windy Pass fire has been minimal with majority of the growth occurring on the Papoose and West Fork Fires.

A Red Flag Warning was issued again today due to dry thunderstorms and gusty winds expected with those storms.

No additional evacuation orders have been issued with the new growth.

View our large West Fork Fire Complex Map to see daily perimeters of the fire.

West Fork Complex Fire – afternoon update June 27th, 2013

The combined total for all three fires now stands at 83,004 acres and the personnel count is up to 1,406 from yesterdays count of 1,313.

Governor Hickenlooper visited the East Zone of the West Fork Complex fire today and spoke to the National Guard, received an update on the fire and visited a Red Cross Shelter.

The strategy is  to focused on indirect and point protection tactics. A combination of full suppression, point protection, and monitoring are being used to manage the fires.

View our large West Fork Fire Complex Map to see daily perimeters of the fire.

 

West Fork Complex Fire – afternoon update June 26th, 2013

The West Fork Complex Fires has now consumed 81,331 acres. There are currently 1,313 personnel working between the 3 fires that make up the complex.

South Fork, Wagon Wheel Gap, and the area south of Creed on the south side of HWY 149 remains under evacuation. And the Weminuche Wilderness is now closed.

The Papoose Fire exhibited high fire behavior as of 2:30 pm today.

View our large West Fork Fire Complex Map to see daily perimeters of the fire.

 

West Fork Complex – afternoon update June 25th, 2013

The West Fork fire complex has now burned a total of 79,182 acres between all three fires. The Papoose Fire has burned 23,605 (up from yesterday’s 20,927), the Windy Pass Fire has burned 1,355 acres (up from yesterday’s 1,244 acres), and the West Fork Fire has burned 54,222 acres, up from 52,979 acres yesterday.

View our large West Fork Fire Complex Map to see daily perimeters of the fire.

There were no single, large expansions of fire on the West Fork fire. Most of the growth happened in a few limited locations, one of which was at the northern edge of the fire.

The Papoose Fire expanded on both it’s northwestern and eastern fronts yesterday, as well as very slightly southwestward towards Rio Grande Reservoir. The northwestern edge of this fire has become quite broken and disconnected, due to terrain features & fuel load.

The only minor growth on the Windy Pass fire came along the fire’s northwestern edge as well, but it does not appear to be in an area that would directly threaten the Wolf Creek Ski Area.

There are now over 1300 firefighters working to battle the West Fork Fire Complex.

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West Fork Complex Fire – Afternoon update June 24th, 2013

West Fork Fire – 52,979 Acres

Firefighters have been putting a lot of effort in structure protection on both the East and West sides of this fire.

Windy Pass Fire – 1244 Acres

This fire did have a growth of 257 acres yesterday when it made a run up the Lane Creek area. Firefighters have still been able to keep the Windy Pass Fire from crossing onto Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Papoose – 20,927 Acres

Firefighters are happy to report to report that to date no confirmed structures have been damaged or destroyed by this fire.

This is the 6th day in a row of Red Flag warning in the area. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits today. There are a total of 895 personnel on scene.

An air quality monitor has been set up in Del Norte to monitor the air quality in the area due to the smoke.

See our large West Fork Fire Complex Map for the latest fire perimeters & previous days’ perimeters to track growth.

 

West Fork Complex Fire – morning update June 23rd, 2013

The West Fork Complex Fire consists of 3 fires. The West Fork Fire, Windy Pass Fire and Papoose fire. A Red Flag warning remains in effect in the area for the 5th day in a row.

The fire has now consumed a total of 70,257 acres. There are 526 personnel working on the West Fork Complex. The Windy Pass Fire has not expanded much, however, due to the large amount of beetle-killed vegetation in the area, this fire still has the potential for growth on both the west and east sides.

Primary road closures in the are are Highway 160 from the chain-up area to South Fork, and Highway 149 between South Fork and Creede from mile marker 1 through mile marker 22.

West Fork Road and along East Fork Road remain on pre-evacuation.

See our large West Fork Fire Complex Map for the latest fire perimeters & previous days’ perimeters to track growth.

 

 

West Fork Complex – morning update, June 22,2013

West Fork Fire Complex

West Fork Complex
Photo Credit: The Pike Hotshots (@pikehotshots via Twitter)

The West Fork Fire Complex which was started by lightning on June 5th is now over 40,431 acres in size.

We’ve mapped the new perimeters, and they’re available below or in our larger format at our West Fork Fire Complex Map. The West Fork Fire Complex now includes three fires; the West Fork fire, the Windy Pass Fire, and the Papoose Fire.

The West Fork fire is threatening the entire town of South Fork, but firefighters are making a valiant stand and intend to defend the town. At last count, there were 32 fire engines in town ready to battle back the blaze.

The Windy Pass fire is threatening the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Situated at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, the ski area is directly north of the active fire line. A ridge line at the southern edge of the ski area is all that stands between it and the Windy Pass Fire.

The Papoose Fire is burning in an unpopulated area of Hinsdale County, approximately 5 miles south east of the Rio Grande Reservoir.

A type I incident management team is in charge of this fire complex.

 

West Fork Fire – afternoon update June21st, 2013

To see the latest update to our West Fork Complex map, with multiple perimeters available click here.

New perimeters have been released and show the extreme growth of West Fork portion of this fire. The fire traveled 8 miles yesterday, and expanded to 28,891 acres at the time of this perimeter data being released. The Windy Pass fire also grew significantly, expanding 300 acres in the previous 24 hours to a current total of 1009 acres.

A perimeter map of the Windy Pass portion of the fire will be available shortly.

The West Fork complex has burned 29,900 acres as of 1:15 pm today.