Bull Draw Fire Over 4,200 Acres

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

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