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A Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team assumed command of the Fawn, Creek, Stewart Gulch and Wolf fires on July 15 in response to a request from the Bureau of Land Management for mutual aid and the increased complexity and size of the three fires. There have been multiple starts, single-tree fires and smoke reports on July 13 and 14.
|“The team and resources who have been managing these three fires have done an excellent job to ensure public and firefighter safety. We want to thank all local resources that have been working hard during the first days of this evolving situation,” said Michael Haydon, Incident Commander of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.|
As of Tuesday evening, the Fawn Creek fire was at 2,459 acres, 0% contained in juniper and pinyon. The lightning-caused fire is 20 miles southwest of Meeker off County Road 29.
The Stewart Gulch fire was at 103 acres 20 miles southwest of Meeker off Piceance Creek. It’s also 0% contained and lightning-caused. For both these fires, structure protection has been a priority.
The Wolf fire is also southwest of Meeker. It was reported July 14, and by July 15 was estimated at 300 acres. The fire was 0% contained and lightning caused.
Ground and air attack by multiple agencies are being utilized on all three fires, which are all burning in pinyon and juniper.
Smaller fires have also been reported in the county.
County roads 68 and 87 are closed to allow for fire crews and safety.