Containment of the Cache Creek Fire has grown to 5%, as firefighters continue to construct and secure fireline. The Cache Creek Fire remains along Cache Creek, between Doghead Mountain and Houston Mountain. Firefighter and public safety are top priorities for incident management, and crews continue to engage the Cache Creek fire only when safe to do so.
Parts of the White River National Forest are closed to public use because of the Cache Creek Fire; 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.
Additional heavy equipment has arrived to support fire operations between Cache Creek Road and Battlement Trail and south of Houston Mountain. After heavy equipment removes flammable vegetation, firefighters are clearing brush and digging handline. Preparations continue for possible burnout operations in the next days. Air resources are available for support and reconnaissance.
As this morning’s storms pass, the temperature will reach the upper 70s with humidity reaching the upper teens. Southwest winds will maintain 15-20 mph and may gust up to 30 mph. A small chance of rain may develop with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms and evening showers.
The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire. Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207.