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    Indian Gulch Fire


    As of March 25 at 6:00 p.m.: The Indian Gulch Fire is 100 percent contained after burning 1570 acres. The Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team will transition control of the fire to the Local authorities at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.

    A crew and two engines, along with a Incident Commander from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will remain on the fire.

    There were no injuries during the management of this fire.


    Road update at 10:30 a.m.: 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.


    As of March 25 at 7:30 a.m.: Fire crews made significant progress in fighting the Indian Gulch Fire, which has burned 1,502 acres (correction from last night's post of 1,700 acres). The Indian Gulch Fire is estimated to be 77% contained. There are currently no structures threatened.

    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. Crews will extend burnout operations to the east along US Highway 6, which will remain closed throughout the day. Air resources will support ground crews as needed.

    “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 percent

     


    As of March 24 at 6:00 p.m.: The Indian Gulch Fire is 77 percent contained, and has burned 1,700 acres. Fire crews had great success today on the north side of the fire, closest to Golden Gate Canyon Road.

    Fire crews will remain on duty overnight, monitoring the fire. Ground and air resources will begin to de-mobilize starting Friday, depending on fire behavior.

    No water or retardant was dropped on the fire today, although aircraft were supervising and observing ground operations. Incident commanders sent one helicopter and two SEATs to Douglas County late Thursday afternoon to help with the fast-growing fire burning there.

    The Type 1 IMT will likely be released mid-day on Saturday, at which time control of fire operations will return to local officials.

    Residents of the Mountain Ridge subdivision in the city of Golden were released from their evacuation standby order around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday via an e911 phone call.

    Road Status and Closures:

    • On Friday, crews will be doing more work along Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. Fire and law enforcement officials will work with CDOT Friday morning to reassess the safety of the roadway. Highway 6 will remain closed overnight tonight.
    • Golden Gate Canyon Road remains closed to non-local traffic between Catamount and Crawford Gulch. Golden Gate Canyon Road is open to all canyon area residents between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Between 7 p.m. and midnight, local traffic will require a deputy escort to travel through the canyon.
    • Beginning at midnight tonight, Golden Gate Canyon Road will be opened completely to all traffic. Deputies will be conducting extra patrols in the canyon throughout the night. The road will stay open Friday barring unexpected fire activity.

     

    Jefferson County Sheriff Opening Tipline for Indian Gulch Fire:
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking assistance from the public regarding the Indian Gulch Fire. The fire appears to have started along Indian Gulch north of Hwy 6. Investigators have ruled out all other viable ignition sources and have determined that the fire was human caused.

    Sheriff’s investigators are urging citizens to contact the tipline at 303-271-5612 to provide information regarding unusual activity or suspicious persons in the area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The area of concern is Hwy 6 between tunnel 1 and Hwy 58, or Golden Gate Canyon Rd. between Mount Galbraith Park and Hwy 93.


    As of March 24 at 9:30 a.m.: Lower temperatures and wind speeds aided firefighters on the Indian Gulch Fire burning to the West of Golden. Hand crews extended existing fire lines on the South and Southeast perimeters as the fire grew 300 acres for a total of 1502 acres burned to date. The Indian Gulch Fire remains 25% containment with a total of 401 personnel working representing over 40 local, State, and Federal agencies on the fire.

    “There has been tremendous community support for the firefighters’ efforts which has directly benefited all the work done so far on the fire,” said Incident Commander Rowdy Muir of the Great Basin Incident Management Team. “Our work has also been significantly aided by our working relationship with Sheriff Mink and everyone at the Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson County, and the Colorado State Forest Service and is an excellent example of the benefits of interagency cooperation for suppressing interface fires such as the Indian Gulch Fire.”

    A Stage 2 Fire Ban is currently in place for all areas of incorporated Jefferson County to include all Federal lands.


    As of March 24 at 7:30 a.m.: Fire remains at 1,500 acres; about 25 percent contained. About 400 people are working on this incident. As of now, no homes are threatened.

    Crews plan to focus on the area along Highway 6 today, which remains closed. Golden Gate Canyon Road restrictions remain in place for the safety and maneuverability of fire crews.

    Incident commander Rowdy Muir says this is the earliest his team has been called out, in his career as an incident commander (early spring).

    Please see the Jefferson County Sheriff's Emergency blog for the latest updates and information.


    As of March 23 at 1:30 p.m.: Favorable weather conditions have aided fire crews as they continue to fight the Indian Gulch Fire burning less than a mile away from the Town of Golden.

    Fire crews are being assisted by an air crew that is flying above the fire and observing any changes in fire behavior. The air crew can relay information about fire behavior to crews on the ground. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft have resumed dropping water and fire retardant along the perimeter of the fire.

    There are a total of 290 firefighters on the Indian Gulch Fire. Crews represent firefighters from local, State, and Federal agencies within and outside the State of Colorado. A National Incident Management Team from the Great Basin assumed command of the Indian Gulch Fire at 6 a.m. this morning.

    Access to Golden Gate Canyon Road remains restricted and residents are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness should an evacuation be ordered. Fire crews are concentrating resources on the north, northwestern corridor of the fire. “While the fire remains a few miles away from Golden Gate Canyon Drive, this is an excellent opportunity for residents to prepare their homes by creating defensible space, and themselves by putting together kits with personal belongings,” said Incident Commander Rowdy Muir.

    Highway 6 is temporarily closed from Highway 119 to Highway 58 pending a heavy water drop on the fire nearby. The closure is a precaution, in case the water drop causes a rockslide.

    FIRE STATISTICS at this time:

    • Date started: March 20, 2011; 10:15 a.m.
    • Acreage: 1,211
    • Structures Threatened: 287
    • Air Resources: 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 1 Type 2 Helicopter, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 Fixed Wing Heavy Tanker
    • Closures: Golden Gate Canyon Drive
    • Containment: 25 percent

     

    As of March 23 at 9:30 a.m.: During the night, the wind caused the fire to burn back onto itself in places, helping to keep the fire perimeter the same size overall.

    The north flank of the fire is the greatest priority right now because there is no containment on the north side yet. However, the north perimeter of the fire has not moved significantly since yesterday.

    Over the course of two days, hand crews constructed a fire line from Highway 6 to Golden Gate Canyon Road (about a 2-mile stretch), on the east end of the fire. The climb for fire crews working inside the canyon is between 1,800-2,000 foot elevation. The terrain is very sloped, wooded, and rugged.

    Fire and law enforcement commanders are restricting Golden Gate Canyon Road access. The road is open to emergency vehicles only until 5:00 p.m. It will be open for local residents from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at which time it will be closed once again. Thursday morning, the road is scheduled to be open to residents from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m, pending fire behavior. Residents requiring access outside of these hours must be escorted by deputies. 

    Please continue to check there for latest updates.


    As of March 23 at 8:00 a.m.: Fire remains at about 25 percent containment. No significant growth overnight despite gusts of 75 mph. The Type 1 incident management team (IMT) took over command of fire operations officially at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Local fire crews remain involved in fighting the fire. There are 290 firefighters here in support.

    Until further notice, the Golden Gate Canyon Road will be open to local traffic only. Motorists may be asked to show ID by officials at roadblocks to ensure that only local traffic passes through; other motorists will be turned away. It is still important to minimize Golden Gate Canyon Road traffic for the safety and maneuverability of fire crews stationed inside the canyon.

    Residents should remain on standby in the event of evacuations.


    As of March 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Evacuated residents of Golden Gate Canyon may return to their homes beginning at 7:30 p.m. this evening.

    The road will be open to local traffic only. Motorists may be asked to show ID by officials at roadblocks, to ensure that only local traffic passes through. Other motorists will be turned away. It is still important to minimize traffic in the canyon for the safety and maneuverability of fire crews stationed inside the canyon.

    Residents should remain on standby in the event of evacuations. 


    As of March 22 at 1:30 p.m.: The Indian Gulch Fire has been creeping and smoldering throughout the day. It has not grown significantly in size. However, afternoon winds are expected to pick up -- which may increase fire activity, and may force air support to stay grounded.

    Evacuations are still in place, and Golden Gate Canyon Road remains closed from Catamount Drive on the east to Crawford Gulch Road on the west for safety during fire operations. Residents seeking access who live above Crawford Gulch are advised to use Highway 6 to Highway 119 to Douglas Mountain Road. 


    As of March 22 at 6:45 a.m.: Nearly 1,200 acres have burned and the fire is about 15 percent contained. 200 firefighters will be working the fire today, with hand crews arriving from out of state.

    Fire officials expect two single-engine air tankers and two helicopters to be available to fight the fire this morning. High winds are expected today, with gusts as high as 75 MPH. A Type 1 incident management team will arrive this evening to take over fire management.

    Golden Gate Canyon Road is closed from Catamount Drive on the east to Crawford Gulch Road on the west.

    Reidents are reminded that animals may be evacuated to one of two facilities: pets may be taken to Foothills Animal Shelter; large animals may be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There is no charge and volunteers are available to care for the animals.


    As of March 21 at 7:00 p.m.:

    • 850 acres have burned
    • 15 percent containment
    • 120 firefighters working the perimeter of the fire

     

    The Jefferson County Incident Management Team has called for a Type I Incident Managment Team to assist with managing the fire. They are expected to arrive on the evening of Tuesday, March 22.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff has issued a fire ban with specific activities strictly prohibited.


    As of March 21 at 3:30 p.m.: An Evacuation Notice for 100 homes in the Golden Gate Canyon Area has been issued.

    The notice was put out through the reverse 911 system at about 2:45 p.m. The evacuation point is The Methodist Church located at 1500 Ford Street in Golden. Other residents should be prepared to evacuate on short notice, if the need arises. If you are directed to evacuate, you will receive another reverse 911 call.

    Reminder: People with disabilities who may need additional assistance should call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 303-271-0211 to make arrangements. Residents with large animals are encouraged to move them now. Large animals can be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds; small animals can be dropped off at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    As of March 21 at 3:20 p.m.: 100 homes in the Golden Gate Canyon area have been issued an evacuation notice due to the Indian Gulch Fire. The evacuation Point is the Methodist Church located at 1500 Ford Street in Golden. The notice went out 2:45 p.m. via reverse 911.


    As of March 21 at 12:50 p.m.: A pre-evacuation notice has just been issued to 705 homes in the Golden Gate Canyon area. The notice was put out through the reverse 911 system at about 12:45 p.m.

    Residents should be prepared to evacuate on short notice, if the need arises. If you are directed to evacuate, you will receive another reverse 911 call.

    People with disabilities who may need additional assistance should call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 303-271-0211 to make arrangements.

    Residents with large animals are encouraged to move them now. Large animals can be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Small animals can be dropped off at Foothills Animal Shelter.


    As of March 21 at 12:20 p.m.: Wind gusts of 35 mph have been a challenge on the north flank of the fire, toward Golden Gate Canyon Road, forcing crews to pull back into safety zones. The crews are re-engaging as conditions permit.

    Operations on the east end of the fire, toward the Mountain Ridge Subdivision, are going well. The fire is about 15 percent contained, along Hwy 6. Fire activity has been low along that south flank.

    The Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) that was supposed to fly today is continuing to have communications problems. A second SEAT has been ordered and is enroute from Idaho. It is anticipated both SEATs will be available by mid-afternoon. A Type 2 helicopter has been flying throughout the day. A second Type 2 helicopter is being ordered. Air support will be up as long as it is safe and effective.

    Relative humidity has dropped 17 percent in the past hour. Wind and weather conditions continue to be a concern. Animal evacuation teams are on standby, should they be needed.


    As of March 21 at 8:30 a.m.: approximately 700 acres burned. There are approximately 90 firefighters working the fire, who have about a 15 percent containment on the southeast edge of the fire, which is above Highway 6. The firefighting efforts will be focused on the north and east sides of the fire.

    A single engine air tanker (SEAT) has been ordered, and a helicopter will be continuing water drops.

    There are currently no evacuations. If evacuations are needed, affected residents will receive a reverse 911 call.

    There is a red flag warning in effect with winds gusting to 35 mph. The temperatures are expected to be 70 - 74 degrees, with relative humidity at 3 percent to 7 percent.

    Highway 6 reopened at 8:45 a.m. today. 




    March 25, 2011


    Last Updated: 5-31-2013