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.  

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