Fire Information

ICE FIRE

October 25, 2020 – Ready Evacuation Order has Expired for Silverton and San Juan County. Prepare for future incidents by reviewing the Ready-Set-Go Evacuation Plan.

Firefighters are back on South Mineral Creek Road for a final day of patrol and clean up before moisture is expected to end the threat from the Ice Fire later today. The fire has not grown for several days. Containment is now estimated at 60% and rain and snow are expected after noon. A Type 3 Incident Management Team now running operations will return management of the fire to the Columbine Ranger District at 6 am tomorrow. Crews from out-of-area will also return home, or to other fires, Monday. “We’d like to thank the community and our partner agencies for their cooperation and help with this incident” said Incident Commander Brad Pietruszka.  Forest Service personnel and Silverton Fire and Rescue Authority will monitor the fire area throughout the fall. Small amounts of smoke may be intermittently visible until there is enough snow to smother remaining hot spots.

Yesterday crews started to install a gate across the South Mineral Creek Road near its intersection with the Clear Lake Road. Both roads will remain closed after fire crews have left. The two roads, and Ice Lakes Trail, are closed because of active hazards within the fire area. Highway 550 is open. The full area closure order and map can be found on the Forest Special Orders page.

Additional incident information can be found on the Ice Fire Inciweb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7251/ , the Ice Fire Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/2020IceFire or by calling the Ice Fire Public Information Officer at (970) 426-5491. After Monday, any further updates will be provided by the San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Office.

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STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

Exemption:
Propane grills and stoves are allowed

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas.

  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable vegetation.

  3. Using explosive material: (i.e.: fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material.)

  4. Welding, or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.

  5. Propane Fire Rings

  6. Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:

    1. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or

    2. Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350

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