Last evening outflow winds from passing storms caused a spot fire across the line on the northwest edge of the fire above Cache Creek Road. Because of darkness, terrain, and intensity, it was not safe for crews to engage this spot fire last night. Grand Valley Fire Protection District firefighters and engines were providing structure protection north of the fire. Before the spot fire, containment was at 60% and acreage was 1,717. During the day crews patrolling and monitoring the fire were able to contain several spot fires near the line.
Today, crews will evaluate the spot fire and develop a plan to safely work to contain it. Two engines, two crews, Garfield County bulldozers, a water tender, and helicopters are assisting with these firefighting efforts. Firefighters will also be monitoring other containment lines watching for spot fires across the line.
A few high based showers/storms were in the area Sunday. Temperatures over the fire were in the mid-70s to lower 80s and relative humidity was 12-15%. Today, widely scattered storms are expected in the area with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and relative humidity in the upper teens to near 20%. Outflow winds are possible from area storms. A better chance for showers and storms is likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Increased clouds/moisture will allow temperatures to trend down a few degrees and humidity to slowly trend up.
The area may see smoke from regional fires through mid-week. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.
An emergency area closure remains in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.