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Posted on June 13, 2018 at 9:55 PM by Julie Sutor
Here are some key updates from the Buffalo Fire Community
Meeting held Wednesday evening:
There has been no new growth in the area of the
fire since Tuesday evening. The fire is holding at about 90 acres and is now 20
Crews have made considerable progress in mop-up
and containment. Type I helicopters were working the fire all day long. Hotshot
crews have been working methodically through terrain that is quite hazardous
due to heavy beetle-kill.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team is coming to
take over the incident at 6 a.m., Thursday.
No structures have been lost.
Lightning has been ruled out as a cause. Some type
of human element is likely. But the exact cause is still unknown, and the investigation
could take weeks, so officials will not speculate.
Fuel breaks around the fire have made all the
difference. They provide checks on the fire and give crews a place to anchor
from. These fuel breaks have been created over the last decade by the U.S.
Forest Service and many partners, including Summit County, Colorado State
Forest Service, Denver Water and private homeowners.
The entire White River National Forest is
entering into Stage 1 fire restrictions. No campfires are permitted outside of
established fire rings in developed campgrounds. Smoking is not allowed, except
in vehicles or in areas clear of vegetation. Chainsaws must have spark
arresters. Welding is not allowed, except in cleared areas at least 10 feet in diameter.
Summit County enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions
on Tuesday, June 12.
Evacuees are able to access their homes inside
the evacuation area from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday night. All evacuees must enter
through the checkpoint at Ryan Gulch Road and Twenty Grand Road. Those entering
the area must present information verifying that they live or are staying in
the area past the road closure, and they must leave the evacuation area by 10
When evacuations are lifted, food safety is the
most significant public health concern for returning evacuees. Summit County
Public Health recommends discarding any food that has been in refrigerators in
residences that have not had electrical power. Dumpsters will be provided.
Coping with disasters can affect us in ways that
we may not expect. Be sure to utilize mental health resources to help you
process your experience. Reach out to friends and family members to check in
with them and provide support.
The Colorado Crisis Line provides confidential,
immediate support from a trained professional. Call 844-493-8255, or text “talk”
The Mind Springs Health local crisis hotline is