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BATTLEMENT CREEK FIRE. USDI, Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction District Glenwood Springs Resource Area July 17, 1976. FUELS. Primary fuel type was Gamble oak A severe frost on 14 June had killed a high percentage of the leaves. WEATHER.

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battlement creek fire

BATTLEMENT CREEK FIRE

USDI, Bureau of Land Management

Grand Junction District

Glenwood Springs Resource Area

July 17, 1976

fuels
FUELS

Primary fuel type was Gamble oak

A severe frost on 14 June had killed a high percentage of the leaves

weather
WEATHER

No weather observations were taken on the fire

The closest weather station was Rifle, 12 miles to the ENE

At the time of the accident the weather in Rifle was 93 F, dew point 55 (RH 28%), winds NE at 4

from the accident report
“At the time of the accident, the atmosphere was unstable, normal up-slope winds were occurring, winds aloft were generally light SW and ranged from 5-15 m.p.h. from 6,600 feet to 31,000 feet m.s.l.”FROM THE ACCIDENT REPORT
from the accident report7
“Observers on the fire at the time of the accident reported high winds at ground level 25-35 m.p.h. and above.”FROM THE ACCIDENT REPORT
topography
TOPOGRAPHY

West Aspect

Elevation 8550

Slopes ranged from 10-75%

origin
ORIGIN

11 July: 1600 HRS, Fire reported

Contained at ½ acre by Grand Valley VFD

12-14 July: Fire monitored by Grand Valley VFD

15 July: Fire escapes

16 July: Fire has grown in size to over 500 acres, B-26 air tanker crashes with one fatality

project rulison
Project Rulison
  • 1969
  • An underground nuclear detonation
  • A 43 kiloton bomb, 8,426 foot deep
  • To investigate the possibility of using nuclear explosions to extract natural gas from low grade deposits
  • Marginally successful in causing the gas to collect in the cavity and fissures produced by the bomb
  • The gas was too radioactive to be sold commercially
  • The site was threatened by the fire
7 17 assignments
7/17 ASSIGNMENTS

lower

upper

Happy Jack Hotshots were assigned to burnout the line starting from point A to point D

B-26 Accidentx

7 17 assignments14
7/17 ASSIGNMENTS

lower

upper

Happy Jack Hotshots were assigned to burnout the line starting from point A to point D

B-26 Accidentx

7 17 assignments15
7/17 ASSIGNMENTS

lower

upper

Mormon Lake Hotshots were assigned to improve and burnout the line starting from point E to point G

7 17 assignments16
7/17 ASSIGNMENTS

lower

upper

Mormon Lake Hotshots were assigned to improve and burnout the line starting from point E to point G

slide17
Happy Jack Hotshots

Mormon Lake Hotshots

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