The closure area for the Plateau Fire north of Dolores has been lifted, reports the San Juan National Forest.
Many hazards still exist in the burn area, including falling trees, burning areas, holes from burned-out roots, and rolling debris such as logs and rocks. There is still potential for heavy smoke and limited visibility.
Increased water, mud and ash flows may result in trail damage, and anyone entering the area should take safety precautions. The area is especially hazardous during and immediately after thunderstorms or windy conditions.
The Plateau Fire was discovered on July 22 and burned in Plateau Canyon in steep, rugged terrain in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest with low to moderate intensity.
The fire currently is at 19,634 acres and is 94 percent contained. Some small interior islands are continuing to smolder, but minimal fire behavior is expected.
To report a new fire on federal land, contact the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 970-385-1324.
For more information, contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970-882-7296.