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/

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Phone: 1-844-651-2119

Email: 416Fire2018@gmail.com

U.S. Forest Service

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

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Phone: 970-247-4874

Air quality and advisories

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

The Pike Hotshots, from Colorado Springs, on Friday worked to cut down dead trees that might burn and weaken a fire line in the Burro Fire east of Dolores.
Pike Hotshots, from Colorado Springs, “snag” a forest road, cutting down dead trees that pose a threat to the fire line should the fire reach that far.
A Pike Hotshot, from Colorado Springs, bucked a downed tree Friday on a Burro Fire containment line.
A member of the Pike Hotshots, of Colorado Springs, Friday at the Burro Fire.
Dan Dallas, incident commander for the Burro Fire, explains the fire’s prospects before a crowd of about 130 concerned residents in Dolores Thursday.
Fire operations manager Jeff Thumm explains the strategy for containing the Burro Fire, which has burned in more than 3,400 acres of the Bear Creek area of the San Juan National Forest 14 miles south of Rico.
A resident expresses concerns about human behavior adding to the fire risk, including finding lit cigarettes on the ground at a fishing area up the Dolores Valley.
Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin reminds residents near the fire to work together, be calm, and be ready to evacuate if necessary due to the Burro Fire.
This X’s on this map show a bulldozed containment line on the northwest edge of the Burro Fire in the Bear Creek area.
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