Cabin Lake Fire


Incident #: WRF-411
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 20.4 miles NE of Rio Blanco, CO
Acres: 5,975
Agency: Grand Junction Interagency Wildland Fire Dispatch Center (CO-GJC)
Dispatch Notes: Iqcs = 420709 | Contain: 10/09/18 1000 control: 12/01/18 1200 out: 12/06/18 1500

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 4 hours, 10 mins ago — SEPTEMBER 18, 2018Press Contact: Curtis Keetch, District Ranger, 970-366-0669Cabin Lake Fire Emergency Area Closure lifted for Forest and BLM landsBUFORD, Colo. – Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Blanco Ranger District on the White River National Forest and the White River Field Office of the BLM will lift the Cabin Lake Fire emergency area closure and reopen popular hunting areas near Burro Mountain. Much of the burned area has cooled, but there is still active fire in the Sterry Lake area. The Sterry Lake Trail (Forest Service Trail No. 2240) and Forest Service Road 240 will remain closed until fire activity here ceases. The Cabin Lake Fire is 98% contained, and it continues to burn in interior fuels: “We are still seeing smoke from the fire as the interior continues to burn,” said Incident Commander, Rita Clipperton. “We will continue to have firefighters monitoring it daily and responding if any containment lines are threatened.” Hunters and others...


Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 970-878-4039
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30, M-F
Fire Unit Information
White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Sunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM
16 miles SE of Meeker, CO
Incident Commander
Rita Clipperton, IC4
39.916 latitude, -107.64 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
5,975 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday October 06th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Late successional spruce/fire with heavy dead/down component. Aspen prevalent in many areas at middle elevation, transitioning to Gambel oak at low elevations.
Significant Events
Fire behavior minimal; smoldering and creeping within the burn.


Planned Actions
Patrol and secure fire edge along the north, west and eastern portions through mop-up, patrol, and hot-spotting. Suppression tactics that are commensurate with values at risk are being implemented based on recommendations from Resource Advisors, and environmental and cultural impacts of fire suppression related activities are being re-mediated and stabilized. Continue hand seeding rehabilitated control lines.
Projected Incident Activity

Acres by ownership:
FS: 4,222
BLM: 558
PVT: 1,195
Total: 5,975