Cabin Lake Fire grows overnight; smoke and active fire behavior expected today

Cabin Lake Fire Information

Scott Bovey– Incident Commander-Type 3

Update 1:00 p.m.

Aug. 10, 2018

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire

Containment: 70%

Acres: 1,200

Start Date: July 29

Cause: Unknown

Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground

Total Personnel: 70

Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen


Update: The Cabin Lake Fire grew overnight to the north by approximately 30 acres and is now estimated to be 1,200 acres. Containment remains at 70%, the same as yesterday, as all new fire growth occurred within the indirect containment lines that were previously established by firefighting suppression efforts. The fire remains active, burning in heavy fuels and is expected to produce smoke throughout the day and into the early evening due to continued hot, dry, and breezy weather. Smoke may be visible from areas around Buford and Meeker, Colo. and significant drift smoke may be visible from Rifle, Colo. 

Crews continue to diligently mop-up and secure indirect containment lines, extinguishing hot spots when and where needed. Due to active fire behavior, resource availability, and firefighter safety, crews are using indirect suppression tactics to engage the fire by strengthening and securing fire line ahead of the fire perimeter. This work is occurring on the northeast flank of the fire and these efforts may take multiple days to complete.

County Road 17, also known as the Buford/New Castle Road, is open for through-traffic only. No stopping will be allowed along this road and all side roads remain closed within the fire area. Those using County Road 17 are reminded to use caution and be aware of firefighters and traffic in the fire area.

Please continue to follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook Page ( for further information and contact the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest at 970-878-4039 for fire and area closure information.

An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: .