knocking it down

Burned area at the northeastern fire perimeter boundary. (Photo courtesy of United States Forest Service)

Location – Park County, in the Lost Creek Wilderness, east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Colo.

Time Reported – approximately 3:15 p.m., Monday Aug. 26.

Size – 70 acres

Containment – 60%

Total Personnel – 59

Cause – Lightning

Jurisdiction –  USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Cooperating Agencies:  –Park County

 September 1. Moderate fire activity provided an opportunity for firefighters to conduct some burning along the southwest fire perimeter. This reduced available fuels and the potential for fire to spread outside the containment line. Firefighters started rehabilitation of the fireline on the eastern perimeter by installing water bars to prevent potential erosion on downslope areas.

An infrared flight showed a lot of heat within the interior of the fire perimeter with the exception of the northwestern area, where there are isolated hot spots. The spot fires detected and lined outside of the eastern perimeter showed no heat. No new spot fires were detected.

September 2. Firefighters continued patrolling and dry mop operations. They also worked on rehabilitation of firelines where necessary to minimize potential erosion. Fire activity is anticipated to remain moderate, burning at low intensities as it moves through unburned vegetation and other fuels within the fire perimeter. As the fire continues to move along the forest floor, it is reducing the likelihood of future re-ignition. Burning out old and dense vegetation returns nutrients back into the soil and enhances regeneration of new growth, which provides nutritious vegetation for wildlife in the area.

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