East Troublesome Fire Fact Sheet for 10/23/2020

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Weather and Fire Behavior: RED FLAG WARNING will be in place for Friday. The fire areas experienced strong southwest winds throughout Thursday and humidities continued to be low overnight, ranging from 18 to 20%. Active fire behavior is expected on the East Troublesome Fire again today and extremely dry fuels and heavy dead and down lodgepole will support the spread of the fire.

East Troublesome Fire – Grand Zone: The East Troublesome Fire has been divided into two zones to provide better operational support and resources to the entire fire. The portion of the fire that crossed over the continental divide to the east will now be referred to as the “Thompson Zone” and will be managed by Incident Commander Dan Dallas and the Rocky Mountain Type 1 IMT, who is also managing the Cameron Peak Fire. West of the continental divide will be referred to as the “Grand Zone” and will continue to be managed by PNW3 and IC Noel Livingston. For updates on the Thompson Zone please visit the Cameron Peak Fire Information Facebook Page.

A combination of weather, terrain, and beetle-killed lodgepole pine contributed to the significant fire growth that was seen again on Thursday. Along the southern perimeter near Hwy 40, firefighters were successful in completing a burnout operation to reduce the fuel between the highway and the main body of the fire. Along Hwy 34 the fire remained very active yesterday and engines continued to provide point-protection for structures and critical infrastructure in the area. The fire grew to the northeast, into Rocky Mountain National Park, crossing the Continental Divide near Mt. Wuh. Again today, firefighter and public safety continue to be the highest priority for both local fire departments and wildland fire resources. Focus will remain on supporting evacuation efforts as well as point protection activities that will occur along the Highway 34 corridor. Aviation assets, including both helicopter and fixed-wing, will be available to support firefighting efforts when weather and smoke conditions allow. 

Williams Fork Fire: Yesterday, engines continued to monitor the fire perimeter. Windy conditions limited helicopter operations in the area, but fixed-wing aviation was able to view limited activity and spread throughout the day. As weather and smoke permit, aviation assets will again be available to monitor and support any suppression activities needed throughout the day Friday.

County/Evacuations: Evacuations: Evacuation levels continue to be implemented across Grand County and around the East Troublesome Fire area. Updates are provided by Grand County Emergency Management and can be found at gcemergency.com. Please consider signing up for the Grand County CodeRED system, which will notify your mobile device of changing evacuation conditions.. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has evacuated public from within the area closure to the north of the fire. Please visit the Larimer County site for evacuations in the Thompson Zone.

Closures: Forest closures are in place for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestsRocky Mountain National Park has also issued closure order. There is a area closure on the Bureau of Land Management – Kremmling Field Office lands.

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