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Posted on: August 29, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Update: Shawnee Peak Fire Information

Park County Colorado

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Jurisdiction:  USDA-Forest Service, Pike National Forest

Location: Shawnee Peak Fire is east of Kenosha Pass, southwest of Shawnee, Park County, Colorado.  

Size:  46 acres

Containment: 10%

Yesterday: There was moderate fire activity with creeping, smoldering, and isolated and group torching. This produced more smoke, especially in the afternoon and early evening hours. Firefighters completed direct and indirect lines around the fire area. Firefighters completed structure assessments in Shawnee and continued work on hazardous fuel mitigation in the area.

Today: The fire is expected to continue to burn within the direct and indirect firelines. Firefighters will patrol firelines, monitor for, and take action on any new fire starts outside the fire perimeter. Firefighter crews working in the Shawnee community will work toward completing hazardous fuel mitigation work. In addition, some resources will be available to assist on initial attack for any new fire starts not related to this fire.

Weather:  Sunny in the morning becoming cloudy in the afternoon with a slight chance of thunderstorms after 3:00 p.m. Temperatures in the high 80s and minimum humidity at 10 percent.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke is likely to settle in the valley along Highway 285 north of the fire.

Values at risk: None at present. The town of Shawnee, located about four miles away, contains approximately 150 structures

Management Strategy: The Shawnee Peak Fire Management Team is working under a unified command with the Park County Sheriff’s Department. A full-scale suppression strategy has been implemented, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success. Operations include direct and indirect fireline construction while utilizing natural fire barriers to keep the fire within the lined area.

Resources: Four engines (2-Forest Service, 2-Platte Canyon Fire Protection District); 6-Helicopters; 3-Interagency Hotshot Crews; 2-Type 2 Initial Attack Crews; and 1-Wildfire Module. Total personnel are 219.

Structures Threatened: N\A

Evacuation: N\A

Closures: The following trailheads have been closed: Payne Creek/Brookside McCurdy, Brookside AG, North Ben Tyler, Rock Creek, Long Gulch, and North Fork. The following trails have been closed: Brookside McCurdy, Brookside AG, Craig Park, Ben Tyler and Payne Creek. There is not a closure at this time of the Colorado Trail and wilderness trails to the south.


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