Update: Bulldozers finish Burro Fire lines; crews prepare for next steps

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Update: Bulldozers finish Burro Fire lines; crews prepare for next steps

Fire reaches 3,715 acres on Saturday; crews prepare for back-burns
The Pike Hotshots, from Colorado Springs, are working to cut down dead trees that might burn and weaken a fire line in the Burro Fire east of Dolores.
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 member of the Pike Hotshots, of Colorado Springs, Friday at the Burro Fire.
A Pike Hotshot, from Colorado Springs, bucked a downed tree Friday on a Burro Fire containment line.
The June 16 Burro Fire operations map shows an existing bulldozer line runnning northeast of the fire, and a planned line at Forest Road 561 and the Gold Run Trailhead. After the bulldozer lines are made, firefighters will inginte back-burns to secure the lines and reach containment for the area.
The infrared map derived from a flyover on Friday night shows more intense flames on the northwest and southeast sides of the Burro Fire.
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.
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 Saturday evening. 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.


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Information

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/


Facebook: facebook.com/sjbpublichealth


Twitter: twitter.com/SJBPublicHealth


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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Update: Bulldozers finish Burro Fire lines; crews prepare for next steps

The Pike Hotshots, from Colorado Springs, are working to cut down dead trees that might burn and weaken a fire line in the Burro Fire east of Dolores.
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 member of the Pike Hotshots, of Colorado Springs, Friday at the Burro Fire.
A Pike Hotshot, from Colorado Springs, bucked a downed tree Friday on a Burro Fire containment line.
The June 16 Burro Fire operations map shows an existing bulldozer line runnning northeast of the fire, and a planned line at Forest Road 561 and the Gold Run Trailhead. After the bulldozer lines are made, firefighters will inginte back-burns to secure the lines and reach containment for the area.
The infrared map derived from a flyover on Friday night shows more intense flames on the northwest and southeast sides of the Burro Fire.
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.
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