Middle Mamm Fire Information 12:00 noon, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Public meeting tonight, Tuesday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex.

Fire Information: (970) 930-1548 or 2019.MiddleMamm@firenet.gov

  • Acres: 250 acres
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Resources on Scene: 36 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

Rifle, Colorado, September 3, 2019 – The Middle Mamm Fire will continue to be managed for resource benefits as fall approaches. Fire crews have completed indirect contingency lines to protect private property and infrastructure. Fire crews will remain on scene into the foreseeable future to actively manage the fire.

Though fire activity has been minimal during the past week, the fire will continue to burn as more vegetation dries out. The fire is expected to remain low-to-moderate intensity, burning through dead and diseased trees and thick brush. Occasionally, concentrations of fuels may cause increased fire activity and smoke.

The beneficial effects of this fire will be long term, yet many can be seen soon after the fire. When brush and timber is burned, meadows and aspen stands are revitalized providing excellent wildlife habitat. “Wildlife such as elk, deer, moose and bighorn sheep benefit as new forage increases and openings are created in dense forest stands,” said Natasha Goedert, White River National Forest Wildlife Biologist.

The fire is burning in a mosaic pattern, leaving islands of unburned trees. In the areas that have burned, nutrients are quickly returned to the soil and an increase in sunlight allows for new trees to grow. This leads to a diversity in the age of trees, resulting in a healthier ecosystem that can better resist disease and future wildfires.

As the fire performs its natural role, fire managers will continually assess fire behavior and safety considerations. While there are no closures currently in place, if firefighter or public safety is at risk a fire area closure may be implemented. Smoke will continue to be visible near Rifle, Silt and I-70.
Acreage on the Middle Mamm Fire will be updated as that information is available.

For information on local air quality, please visit Garfield County Air Quality Management at: https://www.garfield-county.com/air-quality/index.asp.

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.

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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