Rain calms Burro Fire; bulldozers cut ‘solid lines’ on fire’s west side


Rain calms Burro Fire; bulldozers cut ‘solid lines’ on fire’s west side

‘Extended monsoons’ needed to put out fire, reopen forest
At a glance

The Burro Fire, named for a nearby mountain, started June 8 and burns 5 miles up the Bear Creek drainage east of Dolores.

Size of fire: 3,715 acres, with 12 percent containment as of Sunday morning (no new infrared flight). The fire is expected to burn for weeks. Containment is projected for July 15.

What’s next: Create secure containment lines on the west and south sides of the fire to keep it from Colorado Highway 145 and the Haycamp Mesa and Transfer Park areas. A bulldozer has cleared a line along with hand crews and is preparing for back-burns. Firefighters were scouting for containment opportunities along the north and west sides of the fire.

Closures: The San Juan National Forest is closed to recreation; Mancos State Park is partially closed; Lone Dome and Fish Creek state wildlife areas are closed.

Firefighters: Managed by a Type 1 crew in Dolores along with the larger 416 Fire north of Durango. A total of 152 personnel are fighting the fire at the scene and at the command center in Dolores.

Weather: Cloudy, with light rain on Saturday; chance of rain Sunday. Winds 5-15 mph.

Cost: $1.1 million as of June 16.

The Journal


Incident Management Team

Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5834/

Facebook: facebook.com/416Fire

Twitter: twitter.com/inciweb

Phone: 1-844-651-2119

Email: 416Fire2018@gmail.com

U.S. Forest Service

Online: www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan

Facebook: facebook.com/SanJuanNF/

Twitter: twitter.com/SanJuanNF

Phone: 970-247-4874

Air quality and advisories

Online: sjbpublichealth.org/

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Phone: 970-247-5702

Cortez Integrated HealthcareAxis Health is offering three free counseling visits for new patients.

Phone: 970-565-7946

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