Morning Update 10/11
More info at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964
Firefighters Continue Work Ahead of Approaching Cold Front Current
Situation: Saturday saw another day of active fire behavior and gusty winds ahead of a cold front expected to arrive today. Fire activity and smoke were seen in the south near RMNP and Joe Wright Reservoir. Air support continued to assess and monitor these areas throughout the day. Firefighters continued focused efforts at the CSU Mountain Campus and Pingree Park community. The fire remains to the north of the CSU Campus and west of Pingree Park Road. Fire behavior calmed in the overnight hours with slightly higher relative humidity. Crews monitored the CSU campus, Pingree Park, and Monument Gulch areas overnight. In addition to the ground support working on point protection, air operations were active dropping retardant and water drops on targets in the area to help slow fire spread. Mop up, reenforcing dozer lines, and structure protection continued on the north firelines and the Highway 14 corridor. Firefighters were able to secure firelines and add containment along the northeast line of the fire near Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View Meadows. Around noon evacuations were downgraded to voluntary evacuation for Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes.
Today’s winds ahead of a cold front will likely increase fire activity in the early morning hours through the afternoon. Firefighters will continue point protection operations in the CSU Mountain Campus and Pingree Park community. Crews will patrol and monitor in the Monument Gulch community watching for any new fire spread. Firefighters will continue work on the north firelines and the Highway 14 corridor. Air support will continue to monitor the south firelines near Joe Wright Reservoir and RMNP. Active fire and wind will cause smoke to increase and be visible in several areas of the fire.
Weather Conditions: Sunday will see a cold front bringing increased clouds, winds, and very little moisture. The forecast calls for highs of 55-60°F. Relative humidity is expected to be medium at 35-40%. Winds are expected to shift throughout the day a with gusts of 45-55 mph. Monday should see cooler temperature with very windy conditions. Highs are expected to be around 45°F. Relative humidity is expected to drop to 15-25% with wind gusts up to 55 mph.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we are sure the drone is clear of the area. The use of drones is always prohibited in national parks. For more information please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.