Smoke Visible from the Middle Fork Fire

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 the public that smoke from the Middle Fork Fire has become more visible.

The 5 acre fire, burning 13 miles east of Ridgway, is located south of Silverjack Resevoir, in isolated and rugged terrain at an elevation of 10,550 feet. Over the past week the Western Slope has seen an increase in temperature and wind activity, along with a decrease in humidity, causing heavy logs in the interior the Middle Fork Fire to burn at increased intensity causing a more visible smoke plume.

The top priority of wildfire response is the safety of the public, property and the firefighters themselves. Due to the Middle Fork Fire’s location in steep rocky terrain firefighter safety is an issue of concern while the threat to public safety and spread potential are extreme low due to the area’s natural barriers. Fire crews will continue to carefully monitor the fire and provide immediate response in the event of increased extreme fire activity.

The GMUG would like to thank the public for their understanding and patience on this matter.

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