The Church's Park Fire was located approximately five miles west of Fraser on the south side of Sheep Mountain and burned on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management system lands. The fire burned approximately 473 acres and was controlled on October 19 at 4:00 p.m. The fire has received significant snow that is expected to last through the winter. More rehabilitation activities are expected to take place this spring.
The Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest lifted the closure of the Crooked Creek Road (NFSR 139) near the Church's Park Fire as of November 2, 2010. However, the area of the Church's Park Fire and the Rocky Point Road (NFSR 880.1) remain closed. This closure was originally put in place to assist firefighters and provide for visitor safety.The Closure that is still in effect prohibits: · Operating a vehicle including snowmobiles on the Rocky Point Road (NFSR 880.1)· Entering the area of the Church's Park Fire.
These areas remain closed because there are a significant number of hazardous trees in the fire area and along the roadway that pose a safety hazard to the public. For information about alternative places to recreate, call Sulphur Ranger District at 970-887-4100, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.
This webpage will be updated as significant events occur during the course of the fall.
|Cause||Human Caused, Still Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Sunday October 03rd, 2010 approx. 12:42 PM|
|Location||5 miles west of Fraser, Colo. (south side of Sheep Mountain)|
|Incident Commander||Geoff Bell|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday October 07th, 2010 approx. 06:00 PM|
Dead down and standing beetle-killed lodgepole pine and open meadows (grass and shrub. Approximately 50% of the interior of the fire was beetle-killed trees. This caused an increase in burning intensity, but not an increase in the rate of fire spread (tree to tree spread).
Weather significantly helped firefighters fight the fire.
The fire has received significant snow that is expected to last through the winter. More rehab activities are expected to take place this spring.
Very steep and concerns with dead tree hazards to firefighters. Safety concern remains related to unstable and falling trees.
The fire was declared 100% contained on October 7, 2010 at 1800 hrs. All evacuation alerts were lifted on October 6, 2010. The fire was controlled on October 19, at 4 P.M. The fire burned only on National Forest and BLM land. No private land was affected. Personnel numbers are approximate.