Bull Draw Fire Transitions to Type 3 Incident Command

Release Date: Sep 16, 2018   Delta, Colorado

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

At 7:00 am on Sunday, September 16, Fire Management Officers from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests transitioned the Bull Draw Fire to a Type 3 Incident Command due to a surge in fire intensity and growth.

Over the last 24 hours an increase in overall temperature and wind activity along with a decrease in humidity has caused the apporximately 31,100 acre fire to rapidly spread to the north, crossing Long Canyon and is actively burning in the UC Drainage. Wildland fire crews attempted to halt the blaze at National Forest System Road (NFSR) 407, which experienced a 20 acre slop-over.

This increased fire activity has caused smoke to become more visible to surrounding communities, while also decreasing visibility for those traveling on nearby National Forest System Roads. Limited visibility on NFSR 402 (Divide Road), coupled with the presence of additional fire crews and equipment has led to an immediate safety hazard. The public is advised to slow down and take extreme caution when traveling along the Divide Road.

A fire the size and complexity of the Bull Draw typically requires a “season-ending” event, such as heavy rain and/or snowfall, to be fully extinguished. Until then, responding fire personnel will continue to work diligently to contain the blaze, while contending with the area’s steep and rugged terrain.

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.