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Williams Fork Fire Watershed Recovery

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Grand County and Northern Water are partnering and collaborating with other critical partners including Middle Park Conservation District, the Three Lakes Watershed Association, the Colorado River Water Conservation District and more than 40 other federal, state and local organizations, to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination of emergency watershed restoration efforts in areas of Grand County affected by the East Troublesome Fire of October 2020.

William Fork Fire | August 30, 2020

Williams Fork Fire August 30, 2020

Williams Fork Fire

  • Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Public Information: (970) 445-2910 

  • Media Information: (970) 445-4941 

  • Email: 2020.WilliamsFork@firenet.gov

  • Size: 12097 acres  Containment: 10% 

  • Location: SW of Fraser, Colorado

  • Total Personnel: 385 personnel  Incident Commander: Tony DeMasters

  • Cause: Human caused  Williams Fork Fire Reaches 10 Percent Containment

Williams Fork Fire August 30, 2020

Containment of the Williams Fork Fire is now at 10 percent. The line of containment is near CR 30 along the western edge of the fire extending south to Darling Creek. The additional containment has been accomplished after several days of hard work; including construction of control lines, burning (utilizing aerial and hand ignition), and mop up operations. This has included extinguishing stump holes, burning logs, and other pockets of heat to ensure the fire’s edge is cold.

Crews continue utilizing heavy machinery to thin the dense timber along St. Louis Creek Road (FS 160). Steady progress is being made in cutting, limbing, and chipping vegetation, providing additional clearing along the road which will serve as a containment line if the fire moves into the St. Louis Creek valley. Due to the distance and amount of vegetation required to be removed, the work will take several days.

A combination of bulldozers, masticators and hand crews are spending their third day constructing a fire line west of Fraser. The work includes clearing of thick timber and removing potential fuels in addition to tying the line into roads and other features. When complete, the line will help protect the community and provide for fire suppression if the fire were to reach the area.

Weather: A second day of wetting rain dampened the fire on Saturday, reducing fire activity. The precipitation received will assist in slowing fire growth into next week. Beginning today, a dry and breezy pattern with increasing temperatures and lower humidity is forecasted. The drying pattern is anticipated throughout the coming week, with a potential for red flag conditions consisting of very low humidity and sustained wind possible by the end of week.

Pre-Evacuation Notice Lifted as Wetting Rain Dampens Williams Fork Fire

Yesterday Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin lifted the pre-evacuation notice for Aspen Canyon, Morgan Gulch, and Henderson areas, referred to as “Area 2” on the evacuation pre-planning maps. The Sheriff’s Office also opened CR 3 (Ute Pass) from Highway 40 near Parshall to Highway 9 in Summit County. CR 30 remains closed. The Forest Service closure area around the Williams Fork Fire remains – the closure prohibits all people not associated with the fire operations from entering the area by any means of transportation including by foot.

The fire should remain fairly calm today as a passing cold front moves through. High humidity and cooler temperatures will help firefighters suppress the fire as they take advantage of favorable conditions. However, parts of the fire received sufficient rain that may create muddy conditions for heavy machinery moving on slick mountain roads.

Facebook Fire Update: A fire update will be hosted on the @WilliamsForkFire Facebook page, live tonight at 5 p.m. Due to the reduction in fire activity, live updates will be discontinued beginning Monday. However, future live updates will be provided if fire conditions change.

The update will be closed captioned in real time through an online streaming text service for the deaf or hard of hearing populations. You do not have to have an account to view videos on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/williamsforkfire.

Evacuations: While being reviewed, area 1 remains under pre-evacuation. Residents and guests to the area can receive emergency notifications by signing up for CodeRED at gcemergency.com and downloading the mobile app to their phones. Area road closures are also listed on that web page.

Forest Closures: The U.S. Forest Service has a large closure order in effect west of Winter Park and Fraser that includes roads, trails and campgrounds. All areas within the closure are closed. Please visit www.fs.usda.gov/arp for details. Visit https://cpw.state.co.us/ for updated information about hunting and wildlife.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect in Grand County.

Fire Prevention: While the team cannot accept donations, there is something residents can do for the firefighters: remove overgrown vegetation around your homes and be prepared in the event an evacuation ordered. Download a Grand County Ready, Set, GO! Action Guide or visit BeWildfireReady.org to learn how.

For official fire information, maps and photos, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/.

William Fork Fire | August 18, 2020

Williams Fork Fire August 18, 2020

Williams Fork Fire

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Public Information: (970) 445-2910
  • Media Information: (970) 445-4941
  • Email: 2020.WilliamsFork@firenet.gov   
  • Size:   Approximately 6,627 acres
  • Containment:  0%
  • Cause:  Human Caused
  • Location: SW of Fraser, Colorado
  • Total Personnel:     Approximately 192 with additional resources arriving
  • Incident Commander:  Dave Gesser
Williams Fork Fire August 18, 2020

Temporary change in weather conditions help firefighters keep Williams Fork Fire growth minimal yesterday
The Williams Fork Fire was active on its interior today but did not grow substantially in size due to northeast winds. A smoke column could be seen over the fire but that was mostly from interior pockets of unburned fuels being consumed.

A complexity analysis for the Williams Fork Fire was conducted over the weekend and as a result, a Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire by Wednesday morning. The team brings additional resources and a depth of experience working on larger, more complex fires.

Today’s focus continues on protecting infrastructure and high resource values in the area.

The Grand County Sheriff has launched the Williams Fork Fire Pre-Plan Map for pre-planning and preparation purposes. Currently, there are no standing evacuation orders for residential areas, including the Fraser Valley. For the most current information and to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Notifications please go to  www.gcemergency.com. It is also recommended that all residents and visitors in Grand County download the CodeRed mobile application for cellular devices. Currently, there are no evacuation orders for the Fraser Valley.

The U.S. Forest Service has a large closure area in effect west of Winter Park and Fraser that includes roads, trails and campgrounds. Please visit www.fs.udsa.gov/arp for details.

The team appreciates the generosity of the community and understand that people want to help with the Williams Fork Fire. Please know that our emergency responders and evacuees are well equipped and supplied with food, water, and other supplies. Please understand that we are unable to accept donations and instead suggest donations to the American Red Cross and our local shelters would be most appreciated.

  • Evacuations: None.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!

For further information, please visit the following links:     Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.