The fire is 20% contained as of 9:30 this morning, though officials expect high fire activity today. Areas of the fire are burning in fuels that are 20-30% beetle-killed trees. The cause remains under investigation. As of last night, about 20 structures have been lost.

Official press release from 9:30 AM:

Cañon City, Colo. – Management of the Royal Gorge Fire has transitioned to the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B. The team will host a 7 p.m. public meeting today, Thursday, at the Cañon City High School, 1313 College Avenue.

Yesterday the fire was active along the western flank. Fire managers felt that good progress was made along the eastern flank, and as a result the fire is now estimated to be 20 percent contained. High fire activity is expected today with anticipated weather conditions. Areas of the fire are burning in fuels that are 20 to 30 percent beetle-killed trees.

“Our goal is to strengthen our containment lines and to keep this fire south of Highway 50,” said Dan Dallas, RMIMT2 Incident Commander. “In addition to providing for public and firefighter safety, we recognize the impact this fire has had on this community and are dedicated to reducing those impacts as quickly as possible.”

Fire fighters will continue constructing line along the fire’s perimeter, and continue structure protection south of U.S. HWY 50. Approximately 136 people are on the fire with more resources scheduled to arrive throughout the day.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area. This means that the temperatures and wind could lead to rapid fire growth. Today’s expected temperatures are 89 to 94 degrees, and the relative humidity is expected to be from 8 to 13 percent.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for lands in Fremont County, Cañon City, and the neighboring Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands.

A media tour will happen at 2 p.m. today. Media must be escorted and should meet at Veterans Park, off of U.S. HWY 50 in Cañon City.

Royal Gorge Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Time/Date Started: June 11, 2013 approximately 1 p.m.
Location: Fremont County, Colorado
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Piñon –Juniper, Sage Brush
Size: 3,162 acres
Containment: 20%
Resources Committed: Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 Very Large Air tanker, 2 Type-1 crews, 2 Type-2 crews, 1 Type-1 helicopter, 1 Type 3-helicopter, 5 engines, 1 dozer, and 2 water tenders

 

Comments are closed.

News

AFP/Getty Images
July 1, 2016 | NPR · The capacity of guns’ magazines will now be limited to 10 bullets, and background checks will be required to buy ammunition. The new laws also target “straw purchasing” guns for other people.
 

Getty Images
July 1, 2016 | NPR · The U.K. gives billions of pounds to the developing world. Will this benevolent spirit survive in the wake of Brexit?
 

AP
July 1, 2016 | NPR · Michael Phelps got a DUI, some bad press and time in rehab since the 2012 Olympics. And that helps explain why he decided to come out of retirement and compete in his fifth Summer Games.
 

Arts & Life

July 1, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel uses a new documentary about film director Brian De Palma to talk to him about his career highs and lows, techniques, and how deeply he has been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.
 

July 1, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese’s new book, The Voyeur’s Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese’s story.
 

AP
July 1, 2016 | NPR · An appreciation of Olivia de Havilland,–Gone With the Wind’s last surviving cast member — on her 100th birthday.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
July 1, 2016 | NPR · The pianist and educator shows off her classical chops in a solo during “It Could Happen To You.”
 

July 1, 2016 | FA · John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk’s early days. “Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there,” Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 1, 2016 | NPR · The new video from Jamie xx, for the song “Gosh,” is a small wonder to behold.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab