RIFLE, Colo. — Drier weather has influenced fire behavior on the managed Middle Mamm Fire, and increased smoke from the fire is visible along the I-70 corridor south of Rifle.
Monday, firefighters placed a Remote Automated Weather Station near the fire to monitor humidity and factors that impact fire behavior. Crews are using air and ground resources to track the fire’s activity and assess its growth.
The Middle Mamm Creek Fire was recently estimated at 8 acres. Because it resulted from a natural ignition and is not immediately threatening property, firefighters will keep watch on the fire and use it to reduce accumulated fuels and improve forest health and wildlife habitat.
“The fire is currently burning in dead timber within a spruce-fir stand; this can produce a lot of smoke,” said Sarah Hankens, Rifle District Ranger. ”We are continually evaluating fuel conditions and considering weather trends in our decision to manage this fire.”
Pre-determined triggers or ‘management action points’ have been identified in the Middle Mamm Creek Fire Management Area. If the fire reaches one of these thresholds or if circumstances become unacceptable, firefighters will take action to suppress or contain the fire.
Information courtesy of Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit