Fire crews reported good progress securing and holding line around the fire’s perimeter. The anticipated fire weather conditions did not impact fire behavior on Friday, as the terrain helped to mitigate wind speeds on the fire line. A shuttle across the South Platte River was secured to provide access for crews to begin line construction along the eastern portion of the Lime Gulch Fire. There were several spot fires near the northern edge of the fire on Friday, but firefighters responded aggressively to get those extinguished. The spot fires present no additional threats at this time.
Today, crews will continue to secure line and mop-up to strengthen existing lines, while exploring opportunities to increase containment of the fire. Fire weather conditions are expected to be similar to yesterday’s conditions with the exception of increased cloud cover over the fire area. Additional resources will be in place to continue providing structure protection, as well as monitor for any increased fire activity.
The following road closure changes went into effect at 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013:
· The township of Buffalo Creek will be opened to residents only.
· Southwest Platte River Road will be opened to residents only from County Hwy 126 at Buffalo Creek or about one (1) mile north.
· Southwest Platte River Road and W. Platte River Road remain closed to all traffic.
· Foxton Road south of Hwy 285 remains closed to local traffic only to Reynolds Park (Reynolds Park is closed.)
· Foxton Road south of Reynolds Park remains closed to all traffic.
· Highway 67 north of Deckers will be opened to Nighthawk Campground. Highway 67 remains closed north of Nighthawk Campground.
· All residents must be ready to EVACUATE if conditions change.
· All other closures and evacuations remain in effect.
For the latest information on the Lime Gulch Fire, visit Inciweb (http://inciweb.org/incident/3441/) or follow the fire on Twitter (@PSICC_NF and @RMIMT2_TeamB).
Lime Gulch Fire Statistics at a Glance:
- Time/Date Started: June 18, 2013 at approximately 1 p.m.
- Location: Jefferson County, Colorado
- Cause: Lightning
- Fuels: Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir
- Size: 511 acres
- Containment: 15%
- Resources Committed: 358 personnel including – Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B, 5 Type-1 crews, 3 Type-2 crews, 3 Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3-helicopter, 19 engines, and 1 water tender