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Incident Information | Fall 2014

Contact Information

PIO: Phone: 303-445-4322 | Email: rmaccfireinfo@gmail.com | Twitter: @rmaccfireinfo

Preparedness Levels

National Preparedness Level: 2                            Rocky Mountain Area Preparedness Level: 1   

Preparedness levels range on a scale from one to five. Each level defines planning and organization readiness, which is commensurate with increasing fire danger. Click here for more information.

Current Activity / Active Incidents

Unplanned Wildland Fires:

  • Inital attack activity has been minimal within the Rocky Mountain Area. There are 14 uncontained large fires burning in the U.S. There are 10,000 resources assigned; 87 are from the Rocky Mountain Area.

Planned Wildland Fire (Prescribed Fire):

  • List of current prescribed fires
  • Fall provides good prescribed burning conditions—warm days, cool nights and good ventilation for smoke. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health. Prior to the burn, fire managers will consider many factors including: fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, resources availability, and air quality in determining whether or not to ignite or not.

Prescribed Fire Map Feature Under Construction

Weather & Fire Potential

A warm, dry and unstable airmass will encompass much of Colorado and Wyoming, with the eastern extent of the dry airmass pushing into the lower elevations of the Black Hills, western Nebraska and western Kansas through Thursday. Isolated thundestrom activity will be focused over northwest Wyoming on Thursday and far eastern plains of the region. For Friday through Tuesday (September 23rd), the the combination of remnants of Hurricane Odile, an upper air trough and surface cold front will gradually moisten and cool the airmass across the Rocky Mountain Area. Thunderstorm coverage will increase, especially Sunday through Tuesday.

Dry RH and above average temperatures result in a slight increase in fire risk through Thursday across the lower elevations of Colorado, Wyoming, and western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska. Large fire risk moves into the moderate category for these locations, but returns to low as the airmass moistens and cools Friday through Tuesday.

Year-to-Date Fires & Acres

AGENCY
FIRES
ACRES
Bureau of Indian Affairs
478
2,334
Bureau of Land Management
345
10,869
County
376
42,096
Department of Defense
2
0
State of Nebraska
4
61
State of South Dakota
286
5,934
U.S. Forest Service
237
2,181
Fish & Wildlife Service
22
1,181
National Park Service
17
2,505
State of Colorado
4
663
Nature Conservancy
0
0
State of Kansas
0
0
State of Wyoming
9
19
Private
8
3
TOTAL
1,780
67,843
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