Shawnee Peak Fire

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:46 am

Location: Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported: approximately 3:15 p.m., Mon. Aug 26, 2019

Size: 55 acres

Containment: 50%

Total Personnel: 167

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Cooperating Agencies: Park County



Yesterday: Firefighters were transported from spike camps to the incident command post in Shawnee for showers, a hot meal and rest. The fire was monitored by air and noted minimal fire activity as the fire crept along and smoldered throughout the day. Investigators determined that the fire was the result of lightning strike.

Today: Firefighters will return to the fireline to patrol the fire perimeter and dry mop – stir up hot spots without using water to disperse the heat and allow the ground to cool – along the east and southeastern perimeter to increase containment of the fire.

The Type 3 Incident Management Team will turn over management of the fire back to the Forest and a Type 4 incident management team at 6:00 p.m. today.

Weather: Temperatures will range between 60-65 degrees with winds from the northwest at 6-7 mph until 3:00 p.m., then switch direction coming from the east at 4-13 mph. Gusty and erratic winds are expected near thunderstorms after 12:00 p.m. Relative humidity will be around 20-25 percent.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke visibility will be minimal along Highway 285.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The fire continues to be managed under a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized throughout to minimize impacts to the natural resource values within the Lost Creek Wilderness.

Resources: 3-Interagency Hotshot Crews; 1-Type 2 Initial Attack Crews; 4-Helicopters; and 1-Wildfire Module. Total personnel are 167.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A
Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests issued a formal fire closure order for the area around, the Ben Tyler North trailhead and trails within the Shawnee Peak Fire. The closure does not include the Colorado Trail. All closed trails and trailheads are depicted on the closure map. A copy of the order and closure map is posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices and scroll down to Closures.

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:08 am

#ShawneePeakFire

Location: Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported: approximately 3:15 p.m., Mon. Aug 26, 2019

Size: 70 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 100

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Cooperating Agencies: Park County

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Yesterday: Fire activity remained light with creeping, smoldering, and single tree torching within the fire perimeter. Firefighters were flown back to resume patrol, monitor, and dry mop operations along the western, southern, and eastern fire perimeter. A spot fire was detected a half-mile east of the fire perimeter, which was fully contained with a helicopter dropping water over the spot and lined by firefighters. Firefighters remained on the hill overnight in spike camps.

Today: Firefighters will continue to patrol, monitor, and dry mop around the fire perimeter, with a focus on the remaining uncontained fireline on the east and southeastern perimeter. Air operations will continue to monitor for spot fires outside the fire perimeter. The increase in acreage is attributed to the consumption of fuels as the fire continues to burn through unburned fuels between the fire perimeter and constructed firelines.

Weather: It will be mostly sunny until 2:00 p.m. then become partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms that can produce gusty and erratic winds. Temperatures should reach around 70 degrees and the minimum relative humidity at 16 percent. Northwest winds will be 6-12 mph, changing to northeast at 5-10 mph after 3:00 p.m.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke visibility will be minimal along Highway 285.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The fire continues to be managed under a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized throughout to minimize impacts to the natural resource values within the Lost Creek Wilderness. The fire is now under a Type 4 Incident Management Team.

Resources: 1-Interagency Hotshot Crews; 4-Helicopters; and 1-Wildland Fire Module. Total personnel are 100.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A

Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests issued a formal fire closure order for the area around, the Ben Tyler North trailhead and trails within the Shawnee Peak Fire. The closure does not include the Colorado Trail. All closed trails and trailheads are depicted on the closure map. A copy of the order and closure map is posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices and scroll down to Closures.

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:11 am

Location: Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported: approximately 3:15 p.m., Mon. Aug 26, 2019

Size: 70 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 59

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Cooperating Agencies: Park County

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Yesterday: Moderate fire activity provided an opportunity for firefighters to conduct some burning along the southwest fire perimeter. This reduced available fuels and the potential for fire to spread outside the containment line. Firefighters started rehabilitation of fireline on the eastern perimeter by installing water bars to prevent potential erosion on downslope areas.

An infrared flight showed a lot of heat within the interior of the fire perimeter with the exception of the northwestern area where there are isolated hot spots. The spot fires detected and lined outside of the eastern perimeter showed no heat. No new spot fires were detected.

Today: Firefighters will continue patrolling and dry mop operations. They will also work on rehabilitation of firelines where necessary to minimize potential erosion. Fire activity is anticipated to remain moderate, burning at low intensities as it moves through unburned vegetation and other fuels within the fire perimeter. As the fire continues to move along the forest floor, it is reducing the likelihood of future re-ignition. Burning out old and dense vegetation returns nutrients back into the soil and enhances regeneration of new growth, which provides nutritious vegetation for wildlife in the area.

Weather: Hot, dry weather conditions are expected for the burn area with temperatures around 71 degrees and the minimum humidity at 13 percent. West winds will be 6-7 mph.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke visibility will be minimal along Highway 285.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The fire continues to be managed under a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized throughout to minimize impacts to the natural resource values within the Lost Creek Wilderness. The fire is now under a Type 4 Incident Management Team.

Resources: 1-Interagency Hotshot Crews; 2-Helicopters; and 1-Wildland Fire Module. Total personnel are 59.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A

Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests issued a formal fire closure order for the area around, the Ben Tyler North trailhead and trails within the Shawnee Peak Fire. The closure does not include the Colorado Trail. All closed trails and trailheads are depicted on the closure map. A copy of the order and closure map is posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices and scroll down to Closures.

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:20 am

Location: Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported: approximately 3:15 p.m., Mon. Aug 26, 2019
Size: 70 acres
Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 67
Cause: Lightning
Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Park County

Yesterday: Firefighters continued patrolling and dry mopping along firelines around the fire perimeter.

A new fire ignition, the Shawnee North 1 Fire, located a quarter of a mile north of the Shawnee Peak Fire was reported by a local citizen at 3:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon. It was quickly contained by firefighters assisted with helicopter water drops and kept to less than a tenth of an acre. The cause is unknown.

Today: Firefighters will continue to patrol for and dry mop hot spots along the fire containment lines as the fire continues to burn within the fire perimeter. Helicopters will be actively working on the fire, hauling cargo, shuttling firefighters and conducting reconnaissance over the fire area.

Wildland fire areas typically consist of low, medium, and high intensity burn as well as unburned areas creating a mosaic pattern across the landscape. This is the case with the Shawnee Peak Fire. Many unburned areas remain within the fire perimeter, providing fuels to keep the fire active. The images provided with this update show an area where there was high intensity fire and the other where the fire had burn at a low intensity.

Weather: It will be slightly cooler today with temperatures around 65 degrees. The minimum relative humidity will increase at 26%. There is a slight chance of rain showers between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., followed by a chance of thunderstorms. Winds will be from the north at 2-6 mph then easterly by noon at 5-10 mph. Gusty and erratic winds are expected near thunderstorms after 3:00 p.m.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke visibility will be minimal along Highway 285 due to the low to moderate fire behavior.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The fire continues to be managed under a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized throughout to minimize impacts to the natural resource values within the Lost Creek Wilderness. The fire is now under a Type 4 Incident Management Team.

Resources: 1-Interagency Hotshot Crew; 2-Helicopters; 1-engine, and 1-Wildland Fire Module. Total personnel are 67.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A

Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests issued a formal fire closure order for the area around, the Ben Tyler North trailhead and trails within the Shawnee Peak Fire. The closure does not include the Colorado Trail. All closed trails and trailheads are depicted on the closure map. A copy of the order and closure map is posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices and scroll down to Closures.

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:09 pm

Multiple Flights Violate Shawnee Peak Fire Restricted Airspace

Grave Concern for Firefighter Safety

SHAWNEE, Colo., Sept. 3, 2019 – A small, single engine airplane entered the Shawnee Peak Fire restricted airspace earlier this week. This is the third violation of the project’s airspace, counting one that occurred during the initial stage of the fire. Unauthorized aircraft pose a high risk of a mid-air collision that would compromise the safety of firefighters in the air and on the ground, which is of grave concern.

A recent infrared flight revealed that a lot of heat remains within most of the fire perimeter. Much of the fire activity is light to moderate so the fire is producing very little smoke but firefighters are still actively engaged in suppressing the fire.

The FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction for the Shawnee Peak Fire on Aug. 27, 2019. When an illegal incursion of a TFR occurs, aircraft assigned to the fire must immediately return to their base or to the closest helispot until the airspace is clear. This means all fire operations using aircraft – such as hauling cargo, dropping water, and shuttling firefighters – must cease. In the case of extracting an injured firefighter, this could mean the difference between life and death.

Pilots are responsible for knowing the location and specifications of an active TFR. Under the FAA Order 2150.3B, a pilot operating within a restricted or prohibited area (including a TFR) or Class A airspace could face a suspension of their certificate for a period of 30 to 90 days.

A copy of the current TFR and a map of the restricted airspace can be found at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9 ... strictions.

Whether you fly a fixed wing, helicopter, glider, hang glider, or are a drone operator, please remember: IF YOU FLY, WE CANNOT.

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Re: Shawnee Peak Fire

Post by ParkBull » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:56 am

Shawnee Peak Fire Final Update

Thursday, September 5, 2019 – 8:00 a.m.

Pike National Forest

Location: Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported: approximately 3:15 p.m., Mon. Aug 26, 2019

Size: 70 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 65

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Cooperating Agencies: Park County

Yesterday: Cloudy, cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity kept the fire activity and smoke to a minimum. Storms passed over the general area but the fire received less than a tenth of an inch of rain. Firefighters patrolled containment lines, worked on uncontained firelines, and cleaned up flagging and other fire suppression debris.

The human-caused Shawnee North 1 Fire reported Monday afternoon, Sept. 3 has been declared completely out.

Today: The ongoing weather forecast calls for wetting rain over the fire area over the next couple of days. Firefighters will transport from the spike camps back to the incident command post for showers and well-deserved rest. Firefighters will return and resume patrolling the fire perimeter, complete fireline containment on the southern and southeastern fire perimeter as temperatures warm up and the fuels dry out.

A reconnaissance flight over the fire area is planned for Friday, weather permitting, to determine where and how much heat remains within the fire perimeter. Firefighters will focus on those areas when they resume suppression activities. Containment of the fire is likely to increase based on the findings from the flight.

Daily Update Status: This will be the last daily fire update unless there is significant activity to report. The fire will continue to creep along and smolder with occasional single-tree torching within the fire perimeter until the area receives a season-ending weather event. Occasional updates will be posted on the PSICC Fire Info Blog at www.psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The fire continues to be managed under a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized to protect the integrity of the wilderness character within the Lost Creek Wilderness.

Resources: 1-Interagency Hotshot Crew; 2-Helicopters; and 1-Wildland Fire Module. Total personnel are 65.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A

Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests fire closure order will remain in effect. A copy of the order and closure map is posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices (scroll down to Closures).

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