Smoke Settles In; Mandatory Evac in Huerfano County, and Bull Gulch Update

June 19, 2013

Earlier today, the Colorado Department of Health issued an Ozone Action Day Alert for much of the Front Range. It is expected to last through Thursday at around 4 PM.

There are multiple fires burning across the state, including the Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County, the Bull Gulch Fire in Fremont County, the Scout Ranch Fire in Huerfano County, and the West Fork Fire Complex near Pagosa Springs. The smoke is likely from the West Fork Fire Complex.

Revisit this story about Air Quality Issues and Wildfires for more information.


Huerfano County Scout Ranch Fire, renamed the #EastPeakFire by the US Forest Service:

Per the Huerfano County Public Information Officer @LoriCordova4, mandatory evacuation orders for residents living off of Cnty roads 320, 310, 317.1, 317, 312, 314, 313, 315.1, 315, 316, 332, 331, 310.2, 340, 340.1, 345, 344. County Rd 363 on pre-evacuation.

(updated evacuation list here)

There is a Red Cross Shelter available at John Mall High School in Walsenburg. Red Cross "safe and well" phone number is 719-890-8750.


Bull Gulch Fire (Fremont County) update as of 8:30:

The Bull Gulch fire, burning north of Highway 50 on BLM-managed lands, has grown to 50 acres. It is approximately one mile east of Table Mountain, and about nine miles northwest of the intersection of Road Gulch and Copper Gulch Road.

Eight smokejumpers and two 20-person hand crews will remain on scene throughout the night, working to contain the fire. Two Single Engine Airtankers dropped retardant on the fire throughout Wednesday afternoon.

The fire is burning in brush, piñon and juniper trees. Fire officials are expecting humidity to reach about 22 percent this evening. A Red Flag warning has been issued for the fire area Thursday.

No structures have been lost and no evacuations are in place. There are no closures.

The cause of the fire is unknown.