Things are looking good this morning on the YMCA Fire. Here is today's update, which will be the last formal update in this format unless the situation changes.
YMCA Fire Update
July 13, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Bureau of Land Management
Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit
Nick Boucher, Incident Commander
Don Iles, Incident Commander Trainee
Crews continue monitoring YMCA Fire
Current Situation: The YMCA Fire remains at 303 acres and 60% containment. On Sunday, the two hand crews and one engine that remain assigned to the fire continued patrolling established lines as well as continuing line construction in areas that are accessible. An afternoon thunderstorm brought gusty winds to the area with very little rain, but established control lines held through the wind event.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, Incident Command transitioned to a Type 4 organization led by Incident Commander Nick Boucher and Incident Commander Trainee Don Iles, both of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Incident Commanders Boucher and Iles will be leading the resources assigned to the YMCA Fire in the coming days.
On Monday, two hand crews and one engine will continue mopping up, improving, and patrolling established lines as well as continuing line construction in areas that are accessible. The northern edge of the fire lies in steep, rocky terrain that is inaccessible to ground resources. Crews will continue monitoring this part of the fire’s perimeter, but without safe access, cannot construct a control line to consider the fire “contained” in this area. The Type 1 helicopter will remain assigned to the fire Monday to address any hot spots that may emerge on the north side of the fire. Isolated spots along this north edge or still-burning interior fuels may produce smoke visible from Cañon City in the coming days.
This morning’s YMCA Fire update will be the last issued in this format unless notable events occur. The Facebook page, Inciweb site, and Twitter feed will continue to be updated as information becomes available. The fire information office phone line will remain available to the public and media, with reduced hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The information office will be available for calls beyond Monday, but the office will not be staffed. Messages left at that number will be returned.
Weather: Monday is expected to bring sunny skies until scattered thunderstorms move into the area after 1 p.m. Temperatures will again be in the low-to-mid 90s with minimum humidity between 10 and 15%. Winds are forecast to be 10-15 mph with gusts up to 24 mph. Afternoon thunderstorms could bring gusty and erratic winds to the fire area.
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
Twitter: twitter.com/YMCAFireCO YMCA Fire Statistics:
Reported: July 8, 3:37 p.m.
Location: 4 miles SW of Cañon City, CO
Size: 303 acres
Percent Contained: 60%
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