YMCA Fire Update
July 11, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Bureau of Land Management
Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit
Scott Nilson, Incident Commander
YMCA Fire Remains 293 acres, containment increases on Friday
Current Situation: On Friday, containment on the YMCA Fire increased to 40% while the fire did not increase in size, remaining at 293 acres. Much of the smoke produced on Friday was from fuels burning within the interior of the fire or in areas that were inaccessible to ground crews. Five hand crews spent Friday constructing control line in places along the fire’s edge that were accessible. The fire became a bit more active in the afternoon and one K-Max helicopter made bucket drops to cool off hot spots that were inaccessible by ground crews, primarily on the north side of YMCA Mountain. Air tankers were not utilized on Friday.
On Saturday, firefighters will continue with the same plan that has yielded results over the past few days. Crews will mop up, improve, and patrol established lines as well as continue line construction in areas that are accessible. Helicopters will be used for bucket drops on areas that ground resources cannot access. Crews will also address interior hot spots that continue smoking in the afternoons with support from the helicopter, as needed. Air tankers are available, if needed.
Although containment increased yesterday, smoke and possibly flames will continue to be visible from Canon City and neighboring areas. Interior fuels and portions of the inaccessible north edge of the fire are expected to continue burning and may produce smoke as temperatures rise into the afternoon.
Weather: On Saturday, temperatures will be slightly cooler with high temperatures in the 88-93 range and minimum humidity will remain at 10-15% throughout the day. Winds will be light in the morning with those becoming out of the southeast at 10 mph with gusts up to 21 mph.
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.
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: 40%
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