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West Fork Complex Special Fire Update July 3 Pm

Incident: West Fork Complex Wildfire
Released: 7/3/2013

West Fork Complex Special Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7 – Mark Nunez, Incident Commander

East Zone Phone: 719-569-4149

West Zone Phone: 970-731-2432

Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

East Zone Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

West Zone Email: westforkfire@gmail.com

July 3, 2013

8 pm

Fire Activity Increases on Papoose Fire

Fire activity increased today in the southeast corner of Papoose, burning heavily in beetle-killed spruce and old logging slash. Smoke and ash was observed in Pagosa Springs. Sustained winds at 20 miles per hour, from the north and northwest, pushed the fire into Copper Creek, west of Red Mountain Ranch. With the wind and low humidity, extreme fire behavior prevailed. The fire was burning deep into the interior and was not a threat to structures. As long as the fire continues to burn in these stands of dead spruce, smoke will be more typical.

Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Freemon’s Ranch, Creede, and South Fork. The monitors are identified as #78 (Creede), #69 (Freemon’s Ranch), #25 (South Fork), and #65 (Pagosa Springs). All monitors can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT). For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook, please visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.

Places to get information:

Blog: http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

Twitter: @rmt1pio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards: Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemon's Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Del Norte High School.

Photos: http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

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