Tabeguache Fire Burning on Uncompahgre Plateau

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625

At 10:34 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, the lightning-caused Tabeguache Fire was reported seven miles northeast of Nucla, CO on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

The fire is approximately 155 acres and zero percent contained as of 8:00 p.m. Approximately 80 firefighters are working in steep terrain comprised of pinyon-juniper and brush. They are being assisted by both helicopters dropping water directly on the fire and air tankers dropping retardant to slow the spread of fire. Additional resources have been ordered. Currently, there are no structures threatened. 

Road Closures due to fire activity:

  • Pinto Mesa Road (National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 660
  • 25 Mesa Road (Delta-Nucla Road) is closed between the Forest boundary outside of Nucla, Colorado and NFSR 640

Firefighter and public safety will remain the priorities on this incident.

Fire Statistics:

Name: Tabeguache

Location: 7 miles northeast of Nucla, CO

Size: Approximately 155 acres

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: USFS

Containment: 0%

Threatened Structures: 0

Incident Commander: Mike Schultz