Monday, July 1, 2013

Special Fire Update July 1 AM

West Fork Complex Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander     
Joint Information Center:  719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
West Zone Email:  
July 1, 2013
10:00 am                    

West Fork Complex firefighters were briefed early this morning by Incident Commander Pete Blume and Dpty IC Todd Pechota regarding the sad news out of Arizona.  A two hour stand down was planned this morning along with a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew that lost their lives.   Incident personnel were given several options to meet their emotional needs.  A Critical Incident Stress Management team is available to those needing additional assistance.

“It is with a heavy heart that we continue our operations today on the West Fork Complex.  The emergency response community mourns the loss of the 19 firefighters that perished in the Yarnell Fire in Arizona” stated IC Blume.
The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team and firefighters working the West Fork Complex extend their deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic events of the Yarnell Fire in Arizona.  We are keeping the firefighters who died, those that continue to work on incidents, and the families of all firefighters in our thoughts.

Operations on the West Fork Complex will continue as planned.  Morning briefing for crews going to the fireline was moved to 9:00 a.m. in order to give them some time to process yesterday’s events.  We believe the best tribute we can give at this time is to continue to focus our efforts on maintaining public and firefighter safety in honor of those who have fallen.
Updated information on our incident will be posted to the Blog, InciWeb and via Twitter.  We thank you for your understanding in regards to the delay this morning.


Media Notes:
·         Out of respect for our colleagues on the Yarnell Fire and Prescott Fire Department the West Fork Complex will not issue any further statements in regards to the Yarnell Fire.
·         For questions regarding the West Fork Complex please contact our Media Branch at 303.775.9132.
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