Wildrose Fire Update for The Evening of June 20, 2013
Incident: Wild Rose Fire Wildfire
June 20, 2013, 7 p.m.
Wild Rose Fire update
Rio Blanco County, CO – Reports from the Wild Rose Fire indicated that the fire was holding close to 1,000 acres. There was no substantial growth the additional acres are due to better mapping. The three assigned hot shot crews have made good progress constructing fire line with air support from a large air tanker dropping retardant and water drops from helicopters.
Winds were gusting up to 30 miles per hour and the Red Flag Warning is still in effect for critical fire weather tonight until 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command of the Wild Rose Fire tomorrow.
The first priority is public and fire fighter safety while holding the fire from spreading north and east.
Road Closures: Rio Blanco County Road 116 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 113; RBCR 107 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 116.
Resources on scene: three 20-person hot shot hand crews; one squad smokejumpers; one large air tanker; one helicopter
Location: In the southwest corner of Rio Blanco, west side of Texas Mountain on BLM, seven miles north of Rio Blanco/Garfield line and nine miles east of the Colorado/Utah line
Size: Approximately 1,000 acres Aviation: 7 helicopters available; air tankers as needed
Start date and time: June 19, 1:48 p.m. Fuel type: pinion and juniper trees
Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management Threatened: 40 oil/gas wells, compressor sites
Cause: Lightning Evacuated: Mountain Home Youth Camp
Structures threatened: 46 Injuries: 1 cut finger
NOTE: Wild Rose Fire information contact will be Bill Kight with the Rocky Mountain IMT beginning tomorrow. The temporary information number is: 970-948-1894.