Montrose County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Start June 15th

Montrose, COLO.—The unincorporated area of Montrose County will be in stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Wednesday, June 15 at 12:01am. High temperatures, worsening dry conditions, and high winds were the deciding factors to take this precautionary measure.

“Fire restrictions have become increasingly common for those of us in the western United States; however, they are important and necessary measures to help keep our public lands and community safe,” said Sheriff Lillard. “As always, the sheriff’s office works closely with federal land management partners and adjoining counties to monitor conditions. In addition to unprecedented winds, hotter than normal temperatures have resulted in worsening dry conditions. As a community, we must all do our part to prevent wildfires including creating defensible space around your residence, following restrictions when camping, and always making sure to drown out campfires (in an approved fire pit). I appreciate the public’s help in taking measures to prevent wildfires in our area.”

In early June, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 43-2022 authorizing the sheriff to implement fire restrictions in order to limit wildfire danger in Montrose County.

The restrictions apply to the unincorporated county area and do not include the City of Montrose, Town of Olathe, Town of Naturita, and Town of Nucla. The stage 1 fire restrictions do not allow open burning of any kind to include agricultural burning, open campfires, and fireworks. Smoking cigarettes outdoors is not allowed, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site. Campfires in a pre-approved campground, State Park/KOA, or enclosed fire pits are permitted. As a reminder, fireworks on publicly managed lands are prohibited.

Please be advised that penalties for violating the fire ban include: Class-2 petty offense with fines ranging from $100 to $500 depending on the number of offenses.  If a fire causes damage to another individual’s property, additional criminal charges may apply. These fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

For more information on fire restrictions, please visit westslopefireinfo.com.

Fire Restrictions Stage 1

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Simms Fire Community Meeting

PSA: Simms Fire Community Meeting tonight 6 pm. Join the Incident Management Team, Montrose County – GovernmentOuray County Sheriff’s OfficeBureau of Land Management – ColoradoU.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control at the Montrose Event Center 1036 N 7th St, Montrose, CO 81401

You can also view and ask questions virtually through the Facebook Live Stream.

Future Simms Fire Mesa Updates on WestSlopeFireInfo.com

FUTURE SIMMS FIRE MESA UPDATES WILL BE POSTED EXCLUSIVELY TO WESTSLOPEFIREINFO.COM.


Special Note: The Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team One assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022. There will be a community meeting tonight at 6 pm about the Simms Fire. Details are being worked out at this time so please watch Inciweb and Facebook for announcement.

Current Situation:
As a fire gets larger or additional resources are brought in, the fire is broken into geographic areas called Divisions to help focus suppression efforts and to help with supervisory span of control. We will use these terms in our updates to provide specific information about each part of the fire perimeter. Divisions will be shown on the fire maps.

In Division A, on the west side of the fire, firefighters will continue to secure the fireline by mopping up any hotspots near containment lines and will construct handline into Wildcat Canyon. In Division Z, on the east side of the fire, firefighters will continue to secure the fireline by mopping up any hotspots near containment lines and grid the area outside of the fire perimeter to ensure there are no spot fires that could pose a risk when fuels dry out. The Structure Group will continue to mop up and secure around structures.

Safety: All evacuations have been lifted and Government Springs Road is open to through traffic. Wildcat Canyon and T & M Roads leading into the fire area remain closed, and in the interest of public safety, fire officials ask the public to please avoid the area and respect all emergency closures. Firefighter and public safety remain the priorities on this incident.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Moderated fire weather conditions are likely again today. Although relative humidity has been high most of yesterday and last night, expect afternoon values to bottom out near 20% today and Sunday. Temperatures will begin to slowly warm up but remain below normal for this time of year with highs near 64 degrees. Winds will be WNW at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

Evacuations and Fire Restrictions: The evacuation order has been lifted except for the Wildcat Canyon drainage. T&M Road and Wildcat Canyon Road will be open to residents but are still closed to the public. For more information contact, https://ouraycountyco.gov/272/Emergency-Management.

Simms Fire Statistics:
Size: 373 acres
Containment: 15%
Total Personnel: approximately 220
Location: 15 miles southwest of Montrose
Reported: May 19, 2022
Cause: Under investigation For More Information:
Phone: 970-765-7309
Email: 2022.simms@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUGFireInfo
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8117/
West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com

052122 9am Update

Simms Fire Evening Update – 5/20/22 6:30pm

Montrose, Colorado, May 20, 2022
Name: Simms Fire
Location: 15 miles southwest of Montrose
Size: 370 acres
Cause: Under investigation
Jurisdiction: USFS and BLM
Resources Assigned: 1 large helicopter, 10 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer, 2 fire modules, 1 Type 2 IA crew, 1 Hotshot Crew
Estimated Containment: 15%
Threatened Structures: 10
Structures Lost: 3
Emergency Evacuations: Wildcat Canyon Drainage

Firefighters on the ground with the help of air support were able to make progress toward containment. A half mile of dozer line was completed as well as fire retardant being dropped to create a border around the fire. Firefighters provided structure protection overnight and it remains a high priority into this evening. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 1 will assume command at 6 a.m. May 21.

The terrain is steep and rocky in the drainages and flat up on top with rolling hills in pinyon, juniper, ponderosa and aspen trees with brushy vegetation. The fire traveled into a previous Bureau of Land Management prescribed fire treatment which significantly reduced the intensity of the fire and slowed the fire’s progression. The fire saw favorable weather today, including snow, brought by a cold front coming through the area. Minimal mop up was needed.

In the interest of public safety, fire officials ask the public to please avoid the area and respect all emergency closures. Firefighter and public safety remain the priorities on this incident.

The evacuation order has been lifted except for the Wildcat Canyon drainage. T&M Road and Wildcat Canyon Road will be open to residents but are still closed to the public. For more information contact, https://ouraycountyco.gov/272/Emergency-Management

For more information, please call the fire information line at (970) 765-7309.

Fire Information Links:

Simms Fire InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8117/
West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com
GMUG Fire Info Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUGFireInfo
Wildfire fire smoke may affect your health. For more information visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Evacuation Lifted Except for Those in Wildcat Drainage

The evacuation orders have been lifted for the Simms Fire for all residents *EXCEPT those along the Wildcat Drainage area. Residents in the closed area are not able to return. Updated fire information is available at westslopefireinfo.com. If you have questions, please call the Public Information Line at 970-765-7309.

Public Information Line

For fire information or assistance with evacuation, please call the Simms Mesa Fire Public Information line at (970) 765-7309.

Simms Fire Public Info Line 970-765-7176

 

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