YMCA Fire Update
July 9, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Bureau of Land Management
Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit
Royal Gorge Field Office
Firefighters make progress on YMCA Fire, containment increases
Current Situation: On Thursday, a mid-morning flight mapped the YMCA Fire at 268 acres. Through the day, four hand crews used retardant laid down by aircraft over the past two days to create control line in places along the fire’s edge. Their efforts resulted in containment of approximately 30% of the fire’s perimeter. Helicopters continued making bucket drops of water through the day to cool off hot spots and address spots that were inaccessible by ground crews.
Much of the smoke produced on Thursday was from interior fuels, yielding only small growth on the fire’s perimeter. The fire was mapped at 293 acres.
Although containment is increasing, smoke and possibly flames will continue to be visible from Canon City and neighboring areas. Crews will be working into the evening and will remain near the fire through the night.
Weather: Tonight, temperatures are forecast to be 56-61 degrees with winds out of the west at 4-8.
Fire Restrictions: Fire restrictions are in place on Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands, US Forest Service-Pike San Isabel National Forest, and Fremont County.
Closures and Evacuations: There are no closures or evacuations in place at this time. The Alert Fremont reverse 911 system is available for residents of Fremont County to get emergency alerts in real time. Residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Fremont through the county website: https://www.fremontco.com/alert-fremont.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the YMCA Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
YMCA Fire Contact Information:
Fire Information Office: (719) 315-0690
YMCA Fire Statistics:
Reported: July 8, 3:37 p.m.
Location: 4 miles SW of Cañon City, CO
Size: Approximately 293 acres
Percent Contained: 30%
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