Middle Mamm Fire Summary
October 16, 2019
Moderate fire activity was driven by westerly wind gusts yesterday afternoon. Fire crews moved forward with mop up and holding operations where values could be at-risk. Aircraft were utilized to conduct bucket drops along the more active edges of the fire. Smoke was visible from the City of Rifle and along the I-70 corridor between Rifle and Glenwood Springs.
Today crews will continue to conduct patrol and mop up operations along the more active areas of the fire.
Size: 1069 acres as of 10/15/2019
Total Personnel: 70
Location: 10 miles south of Rifle, CO
Date of Origin:
Sunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
11 miles south of Rifle, CO
Dan Nielsen, ICT4
Dani Shedden, ICT4 (T)
Estimated Containment Date:
Wednesday November 20th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash
Bug kill timber with standing dead fuels and snags, steep terrain and difficult access, Fuel Model 10 and Fuel Model 6 dominate most of the fire area. Large stands of Gambel Oak and Mountain Mahogany moving into dormancy.
Single Tree Torching
Minimal change in fire activity.
Continue mop up and repair, patrol and monitor on the north and west sides of the fire. On the east side continue repair work,
patrol and monitor fire. Utilize helicopter bucket work to support operations as appropriate.
Projected Incident Activity:
Potential for some low intensity surface spread on southern aspects. Occasional flare-up's with
isolated torching within the interior only. Red flag winds until this evening
Drying trend continues, increased surface fire spread and occasional flare-up's with isolated
torching within the interior only.
Interior burning continues, no threats to containment lines.
Wind will increase Thursday and provide the next threat to containment lines. Current wind
predictions should allow for topographic sheltering for the perimeter, however variation from
the predicted west or southwest wind directions could eliminate the sheltering from the ridges.
Another system arrives Sat into Sun.
Anticipated after 72 hours:
Seasonal fire behavior will continue until the next moisture event which may
occur Sat into Sun.
Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River National Forest.
Closures may affect access for hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. The closure prohibits unauthorized use on US Forest Service lands in the Middle Mamm drainage within T 8 S., R93 W., Sections 3-5; a portion of Battlement Trail A (Forest System Trail 2160) within T 8 S., R93W., Sections 8-10.
ED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM MDT
EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS, LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR
COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200, 201, 202, 203, 205, 290
292 ALONG WITH UTAH FIRE WEATHER ZONES 487 AND 490...
.DISCUSSION...Red Flag conditions being hampered a bit by clouds
this afternoon. However breaks in the cloudiness and mixing ahead
of the approaching front could will still bring a threat through
sunset. Much cooler temperatures expected tomorrow will limit
critical fire weather conditions though breezy post frontal winds
are expected. The highest precipitation amounts will be over the
Colorado divide mountains with wetting precipitation not expected
at lower elevations. Another system arrives Saturday night into
Hours: 7 days: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602