Wetmore Fire Colorado Day 3&4&5
Key Facts as of 9:00 a.m. on October 26th, 2012 via InciWeb:
Fire size is estimated at 2,100 acres. Containment is 65%.
An estimatedtotal of 240 firefighters and support personnel are working the fire.
Fire activity last night was minimal. A cold frontpassed through the area bringing 1 to 3 inches of much needed precipitationover the burn area.
Crews continue to make substantial progress building containment line with a total of65% of the perimeter contained. Although snow has fallen on the fire, it isstill possible for residents to see smoke coming from deep within the fireperimeter as the fire continues to smolder.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for all residences outside of the fire perimeter. Thoseareas within the fire perimeter remain under an evacuation order. Theseevacuations will remain in place until such time as it is deemed safe forresidents to return to their homes.
Deputy Incident Commander Shane Del Grosso said, "We thank all cooperating agenciesfor their help. We've had a lot of success. The highways are open and power is being restored. No one has been injured."
The Custer County Sheriff and the Colorado State Patrol continue to patrol arearoads. The public is urged to stay in their vehicles, to obey speed limits, andto not stop along highways.
All roads within the fire perimeter remain closed. Motorists may experience slick roads and hazardous driving conditionsresulting from last night's rain and snow. Incident Safety Officer Joe Snyder said,"We're asking motorists who are traveling the highways to be especiallycautious as our firefighting personnel are still working the incident."
The demobilization of the fire resources has begun. These resources may be redeployed to other fires as needed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Wetmore Fire turned over to Type IV Team to take place at 5PM, October 27th, 2012.
Key Facts as of 9:00 a.m. October 27, 2012 via InciWeb:
· Fire size remains at 2,100 acres. Containment is 95%.
· The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire was inactive overnight exhibiting no movement. Craig Beckner Operations Section Chief said, "The fire this morning was just like we left it last night only colder and less active."
The incident will be transitioning from Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type II Team to a local Type IV team lead by Phil Daniels. This is expected to occur at 5:00p.m. Saturday 27th October.
Incident Commander Jay Esperance expressed his gratitude for local firefighters and agencies saying, "It's been an honor working with everyone."
The fire perimeter is closed to all but residents and firefighting personnel.
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