Bull Draw Fire Sees Increase in Activity

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

Fire Management Officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are advising surrounding communities to expect an increase in visible smoke and fire activity from the Bull Draw Fire.

The 30,710 acre fire is at 60% containment and had recently been experiencing a period of low activity and visibility. Due to an increase in temperature and wind activity, along with a decrease in humidity, pockets of vegetation in the interior of the fire have begun to burn causing smoke to be more visible across the Western Slope. The fire itself is not experiencing an increase in extreme fire behavior, nor is it currently threatening any communities or structures.

The increase in activity and smoke for the Bull Draw Fire is typical for a fire of its size and complexity which usually requires a “season-ending” event, such as heavy rain and/or snowfall, to be fully extinguished. Assigned personnel are carefully monitoring and patrolling the fire perimeter to ensure that all necessary and proper actions are immediately responded to.

Safety of the public and assigned personnel is always the top priority of Interagency Fire Crews. Due to the Bull Draw Fire’s location responding personnel have faced significant danger from steep and rugged terrain which has slowed progress on establishing control lines in the Long Canyon area of the fire. Due to these conditions, the Bull Draw may experience growth in this area over the weekend. A helicopter will be utilized to conduct water bucket drops in this area to decrease fire intensity depending upon weather conditions.

The Forest Service thanks the public for their patience and understanding during this period.

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