Wind event increases fire activity overnight, pushes Cabin Lake Fire over control lines

Release Date: Aug 11, 2018  

Cabin Lake Fire Information

Scott Bovey– Incident Commander-Type 3

Update 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 11, 2018

Wind event increases fire activity overnight, pushes Cabin Lake Fire over control lines

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire

Containment: 45%

Acres: 1,850

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: 175

Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

 

 

Update: A wind event late yesterday evening increased fire activity on the Cabin Lake fire growing the fire to 1,850 acres to the northwest and southwest. The shift in wind direction created long and short range spotting conditions and active fire behavior. The fire spotted over control lines to the north and northwest, establishing itself outside of control lines yesterday evening and threatening structures. No structures have been lost and seven engines are currently working on structure protection to the west and the north, removing and clearing vegetation and other flammable materials.

The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office issued a reverse 911 and pre-evacuation notice for County Road 17 in Rio Blanco County. Due to the increased fire activity, County Road 17, also known as the Buford/New Castle Road, is now closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Throughout the morning a Type 1 Helicopter, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and two large air tankers have used water bucket drops and retardant drops to check and slow the fire spread to the north and northwest between the fire front and structures. Additionally, three, 20-person hand crews are scouting and preparing to create new controls lines that tie into existing features like meadows and roads. Two more hand crews are expected to arrive today.

Today’s weather forecast continues be hot, dry and breezy with low humidity which is expected to increase fire activity into the evening and create large amounts of smoke. Smoke is drifting south, east and west and is visible from Buford, Meeker, and Rifle, CO.

Evacuations: No evacuations at this time. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office has issued a reverse 911 and pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17.

Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Forest Closure: 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: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Please continue to follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/) 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.

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