Middle Mamm Fire Information

10:00 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019
Fire Information: (970) 930-1548

A public meeting on the Middle Mamm Fire will be held 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 3 at Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex

  • Fire: Middle Mamm
  • Acres: 250 acres
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Resources on Scene: 58 personnel, 1 Type 3 helicopter
  • Start Date: July 28, 2019
  • Location: 10 miles south of Rifle, CO
  • Fuels/Topography: Mixed conifer and aspen with accumulated dead and downed trees.

For immediate release

Rifle, Colorado, August 30, 2019 – A public meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3 to update the public on the progress and outlook for the Middle Mamm Fire. The meeting will be held at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex, at 106 County Road 333-A, Rifle, Colorado.
The meeting will address fire management strategies and objectives specific to the Middle Mamm Fire, and provide opportunities to ask questions of fire managers and Forest Service officials.

Firefighters have been actively managing the fire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the chance of a future large, destructive wildfire.

The fire, ten miles south of Rifle, is not threatening homes or private property at this time. Firefighters are building indirect hand lines and fuel breaks as contingency measures to protect private property and associated infrastructure, in case the fire spreads in those directions.
When necessary, they take action to slow the fire’s growth, allowing the low-intensity fire to slowly and steadily consume accumulated dead and down fuels, and remove trees weakened by insects and disease.

The fire was started by lightning on July 28. It has grown slowly at low intensity, and was measured at 250 acres on August 27.
As the fire performs its natural role, fire managers are working to minimize impacts to local recreation and economic activity. Smoke will continue to be visible near Rifle and Silt. For information on local air quality, please visit Garfield County Air Quality Management at: https://www.garfield-county.com/air-quality/index.aspx For statewide information on smoke and air quality from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx.

If you fly, we can’t: Unauthorized use of drones in the fire area poses serious risks to firefighter safety. When a drone is sighted, helicopters must stop operating. This puts firefighters at risk, and reduces the effectiveness of operations to manage this fire. Please remember: If you fly, we can’t.

For more information about the Middle Mamm Fire, please visit:

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews

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