NO GO for August launch. Fire conditions are considered too high risk for our planned August launch at the North Site on the Pawnee National Grassland. Given all of the circumstances, this is a prudent and reasonable determination. Oddly, the weather forecast for this coming weekend shows a high probability for overcast and windy conditions, with severe thunderstorms likely. Carefully consider the current conditions of the vegetation on the prairie, the forecast for more hot and dry windy days and the low humidity factor. Red Flag Watches and Warnings have already developed. Furthermore, some local Wildland Fire resources have already been dispatched to assist with the catastrophic fires in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. NO GO for August 6 & 7.
Launch opportunities are still on schedule with SCORE, at the Hudson Ranch on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday the 21st for their 7th Annual Chili Blaster.
Joe, passing on the message (highlighted below) that my Ranger asked me to. Please extend my thanks to Joe the next time you talk to him regarding his flexibility and concern for safety. They are really a great group to work with and I feel very comfortable that they make good decisions regarding their activities.
Just an FYI. I know it was a totally different activity but the fact that we had a pretty big fire on the PNG this past weekend does support NCR leadership’s decision to cancel the launch.
Date: Aug. 10, 2016 Ault, Colo. – Over the weekend, the Sand Creek Fire burned 715 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland, burning on both public and private land. With hot temperatures and drying grasses, it is an important time to be fire safe on the grassland. Be sure to stay on roads, as hot catalytic converters can start fires in tall grasses. Your extra caution can go a long way to avoid human-caused fires. This extra caution includes knowing the rules, regulations and best practices of recreational activities on the Pawnee National Grassland.