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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fire 100 percent contained

The Indian Gulch Fire is 100 percent contained after burning 1570 acres.
Via BlackBerry

Agencies involved in Indian Gulch Fire response

Representatives from more than five dozen agencies from several states were working on Indian Gulch Fire response since Sunday. The list:

Arapahoe / Roosevelt National Forest
Adams County
AMR Ambulance
Angeles N.F. (Calif)
Arizona Phoenix District
Arvada Fire Protection District
Aurora FD
Basalt & Rural FPD
Berthoud FPD
Black Hills National Forest
Boulder Fire
Broomfield Police Department
Carbondale &Rural FPA
Caribu- Targhee National Forest
Chaffee County Fire Protection District
Colorado Division of Emergency Management
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Colorado State Forrest Service
Denver Fire
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
Eagle River Fire Protection District
EL Paso Fire Department
Evergreen Fire Rescue
Fairmount Fire Protection District
Foothills Fire Protection District
Fort Carson Fire Department
Fountain FD
Genesee Fire Rescue
Golden Fire Department
Golden Gate Fire Protection District
Indian Hills Fire Rescue
Inter-Canyon fire Rescue
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Lake Dillon FPD
Larkspur Fire Protection District
Littleton Fire Department
Loveland Fire and Rescue Department
Manitou Springs Fire Department
Mountain View Fire Protection District
North Metro Fire Rescue
Payette Regulars (Idaho)
Pike and San Isabel, National Forest
Platte Canyon Fire Department
Pleasant View Fire Department
Poudre Fire Authority
Rapid City FD
Rio Grande National Forest
Rocky Mountain Fire
Royal Gorge
Rye Fire
San Berdadion, (Calif)
San Luis Valley
SD-Keystone FPD
South Metro Fire Rescue
South Park County FPD
Standing Rock North Dakota
Sugarloaf FPD
Sunshine Fire
Tallahassee Rural FPA
Timberline Fire Authority
Vail Police Department
West Metro Fire
Westminster Fire

Highway 6 to open at 2 p.m. Friday

Highway 6 will be open beginning at 2 p.m. Friday. There will be fire crews doing some work in Clear Creek Canyon, so please drive with caution.

A message to Golden area residents

Indian Gulch Fire operations are still ongoing, but fire activity is significantly reduced and the fire is 77% contained.

The men and women involved in the Indian Gulch Fire response would like to extend our thanks to local residents, for your patience and support. We know that the road closures and restrictions have been frustrating, and at times confusing. We’ve talked with many of you in person, by phone and via e-mail. We appreciate the patience and understanding you’ve shown throughout this long and stressful week.

Additionally, fire crews have enjoyed a wave of support. Citizens have dropped off food, beverages, personal hygiene items, socks, and other supplies, all of which have been put to good use. Local businesses have offered free food and coffee to the firefighters between shifts.

Investigators continue to follow up on leads regarding the origin of the fire. The Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to report any suspicious activity they may have witnessed on Sunday morning that may be related to the fire: 303-271-5612.

Climate experts predict a difficult fire season ahead. All Jefferson County residents are urged to sign up to receive e911 calls on their mobile and VOIP phones. The Sheriff’s Office uses the e911 system in an emergency to contact residents. Traditional land line phones are automatically registered. Please visit the Sheriff's Office website to learn more or register.

Now that fire activity is winding down, expect to see fewer updates on the sheriff’s emergency blog.

Indian Gulch Fire map, March 25

The fire is 77 percent contained.

Indian Gulch Fire update, 7:30 a.m. Friday

From the Incident Management Team:

Fire crews will continue to construct fire line and secure the entire fire perimeter. The Indian Gulch Fire continues to burn on slopes above US Highway 6, which will remain closed throughout the day. Crews will extend burnout operations to the east along US Highway 6. Air resources will support ground crews as needed.

Fire crews made significant progress in fighting the Indian Gulch Fire, which has burned 1,502 acres in unincorporated Jefferson County, west of the city of Golden (correction from last night's post of 1,700 acres). Crews extended existing fire lines along the southeast and eastern perimeters of the fire to include the northern and much of the western perimeters. Burnout operations were conducted along US Highway 6 to assist in securing the southern perimeter of the fire. The Indian Gulch Fire is estimated to be 77% contained. There are currently no structures threatened.

“Firefighting is a physically hard and psychologically demanding job,” said Incident Commander Rowdy Muir. “The firefighters on the Indian Gulch Fire have had to deal with steep slopes and unsure footing within a complex smoky environment. The success in containing the fire goes to them and we are proud of their efforts.”

At the request of Incident Commander Muir some air resources available on the Indian Gulch Fire were directed to support firefighting efforts in Douglas County, Colorado where the Franktown Fire has burned 1,600 acres.

A stage 2 fire ban is currently in place for all areas of unincorporated Jefferson County to include all federal lands.

Fire statistics:

Date started: March 20, 2011, 10:15 am
Acreage: 1,502
Structures Threatened: 0
Air Resources: 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 1 Type 2 Helicopter, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 Fixed Wing Heavy Tanker.
Containment: 77%
Incident Information is also available on Inciweb (http://www.inciweb.org).