Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation


Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation

Images from the edge of the Burro Fire.

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: 2,684 acres, with no containment as of Tuesday morning. It is expected to burn for weeks.

What’s next: Create containment lines on the west and south sides of the fire to keep it from the Haycamp and Transfer Park areas. A bulldozer crew worked Monday to clear a line along with hand crews.

Closures: The San Juan National Forest is closed to recreation, effective Tuesday.

Firefighters: Managed by a Type 1 crew in Dolores along with the larger 416 Fire north of Durango. About 168 personnel are battling the Burro Fire.

Weather: Highs in the mid-80s through Thursday. Chance of rain this weekend.

The Journal

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Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation

Hand crews on Sunday focused their efforts near roads on the southern end of the fire, where the mixed conifer timber was more dense.
Hotshot crews from Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Nevada are fighting the Burro Fire.
Journal reporter Jim Mimiaga, right, talks with fire officials, including Jim Mackensen, Stephen Orr and incident commander Jeff Thumm, upper right, about the Burro Fire.
The Burro Fire grew to about 1,000 acres by Sunday afternoon in a remote area of the San Juan National Forest.
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.
The Burro Fire sent up a huge plume of smoke and grew from a few acres to 30 acres in less than three hours.
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