EDITOR’S NOTES: This fire is small but the Estes Park, Pinewood Springs, and Lyons area experienced smoke from it over two days this week. Secondly, few people have been able to see such a great example of the ”red fire retardant” along the perimeter of the black/white burnt tree area.
Incident Information System reports that these photos were taken Wednesday, September 1. They show how lines of retardant established by aerial crews have helped slow fire growth. Water drops from helicopters have been used to cool any hot spots and reinforce the lines.
The use of these aerial resources has helped make sections of the fire accessible for crews to get closer to the fire’s edge, scout and plan for tactics on the ground.
INCIDENT REPORT 9/1/21
Location: Grand County, Colorado, approximately 8 miles NE of Kremmling
The Black Mountain Fire was reported on August 29 on the Routt National Forest approximately 8 miles NE of Kremmling, in Grand County, Colorado. The cause is unknown and under investigation at this time.
A forest area closure remains in effect and there are also Bureau of Land Management closures too.
At this time, there are no additional pre-evacuations notices issued by Grand County.
The Black Mountain Fire is now at 416 acres. A multi-mission aircraft flew over the fire this afternoon to capture the information. The increase in size is due to a combination of better mapping through the MMA flight, and continued slow growth as the fire chews through heavy timber in the high, remote area. The fire is holding within lines of retardant that are being used to box in the fire. Air Operations made heavy use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, dropping retardant to fortify the area around the fire perimeter.
The MedBow-Routt Type 3 team now in command of the fire is bringing in crews, heavy equipment and other resources to develop primary, alternate, contingency and emergency fireline.
The investigation into the cause of the Black Mountain Fire has concluded. The cause of the fire was lightning.
We’ll keep you posted on the team’s efforts here on InciWeb. You can also get more information on the fire by going to the Black Mountain Fire 2021 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlackMountainFire2021
Go to the INCI web page for up-to-date information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7825/?fbclid=IwAR0ZAnYtD4cUgzfUL3XnuZ4UvqOem659doyZkcoFZOQGK0DwaWUUNwjljpE