Crews look for a foothold to engage growing Burro Fire

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Crews look for a foothold to engage growing Burro Fire

Campers evacuated and hikers turned back as fire reaches 500 acres
The footprint of the Burro Fire as of Sunday, June 10.
James Godwin, a Forest Technician with the San Jan National Forest, informs campers Saturday afternoon of road closures in the Transfer Park area. The forest has extensive closures due to the Burris Fire.
Closed areas of the San Juan National Forest near the Burro Fire, as of Saturday, June 9.
The plume of smoke from the 416 Fire north of Hermosa, photographed Saturday from the Transfer Park area near Mancos.
The Burro Fire, left, started on June 8 northeast of Dolores, and the 416 Fire started on June 1 north of Hermosa. The fires, seen here from the Transfer Park Road Saturday, are 13 miles apart.
Smoke from the Burro and 416 fires, photographed in Dolores, Colorado. Satellite images from the National Weather Service indicate that the smoke may be forming pyrocumulus clouds.
Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla closed Hillside Drive (Forest Service Road 436) Friday evening due to the nearby Burro Fire. The Bear Creek trail is also closed, as are other nearby roads and trails.
The Burro Fire sent up a huge plume of smoke and grew from a few acres to 30 acres in less than three hours.
Jim Smith of Dolores submitted this photo of the Burro and 416 fires, as seen from his home near the McPhee Reservoir marina on Thursday night.
The Burro Fire is burning 5 miles up the Bear Creek trail. The La Plata Mountains are in the background.
Crews are fighting the Burro Fire, about 23 miles northeast of Dolores, Colorado. The fire, photographed from just east of Cortez, appears as the smoke plume left of the 416 Fire’s plume.
Crews are on scene to fight the Burro Fire, about 23 miles northeast of Dolores, Colorado.
Fire restrictions

Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place throughout Southwest Colorado.
Prohibited acts include:No campfires, including in developed campgrounds and recreation areas. No charcoal or coal barbecues or wood-burning stoves. Gas, pressurized cannister powered stoves with shut-off valves are allowed if they are at least 3 feet away from flammable material such as grass. No open burning, burn barrels or agricultural burns without prior approval. No smoking, except for in a building or vehicle. No welding, use of open-flame torches, pipe-fitting, or metal grinding without a fire-watch official present with proper mitigation tools. Oil and gas welding and cutting operations can be done only in an area with a radius of at least 20 feet from all flammable materials. No use of equipment with an internal combustion engine without a properly installed spark arresting device, including chain saws, ATVs and generators. No use of chain saws without a spark-arresting device and a readily accessible fire extinguisher and shovel. No explosives such as fireworks and tracer round bullets. Note that agencies such as the Forest Service may have different restrictions.San Juan National ForestNo traveling off marked roads, trails and parking areas in cars or off-road vehicles.Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun is prohibited on all land in the San Juan National Forest.

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Crews look for a foothold to engage growing Burro Fire

The footprint of the Burro Fire as of Sunday, June 10.
James Godwin, a Forest Technician with the San Jan National Forest, informs campers Saturday afternoon of road closures in the Transfer Park area. The forest has extensive closures due to the Burris Fire.
Closed areas of the San Juan National Forest near the Burro Fire, as of Saturday, June 9.
The plume of smoke from the 416 Fire north of Hermosa, photographed Saturday from the Transfer Park area near Mancos.
The Burro Fire, left, started on June 8 northeast of Dolores, and the 416 Fire started on June 1 north of Hermosa. The fires, seen here from the Transfer Park Road Saturday, are 13 miles apart.
Smoke from the Burro and 416 fires, photographed in Dolores, Colorado. Satellite images from the National Weather Service indicate that the smoke may be forming pyrocumulus clouds.
Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla closed Hillside Drive (Forest Service Road 436) Friday evening due to the nearby Burro Fire. The Bear Creek trail is also closed, as are other nearby roads and trails.
The Burro Fire sent up a huge plume of smoke and grew from a few acres to 30 acres in less than three hours.
Jim Smith of Dolores submitted this photo of the Burro and 416 fires, as seen from his home near the McPhee Reservoir marina on Thursday night.
The Burro Fire is burning 5 miles up the Bear Creek trail. The La Plata Mountains are in the background.
Crews are fighting the Burro Fire, about 23 miles northeast of Dolores, Colorado. The fire, photographed from just east of Cortez, appears as the smoke plume left of the 416 Fire’s plume.
Crews are on scene to fight the Burro Fire, about 23 miles northeast of Dolores, Colorado.
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