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Moccasin Mesa Fire

Unit Information

Mesa Verde National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 8 Mesa Verde Colorado 81330

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The Moccasin Mesa Fire was reported by Park Point Lookout at approximately noon on August 4, 2018. This fire is located on Moccasin Mesa near the Southeast boundary of the park, with portions of the fire on Ute Mountain Agency BIA land.
As of 0800 on August 6, the fire is approximately 185 acres.

Personnel supporting the fire include employees from Mesa Verde and Canyon De Chelly National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park; employees from Ute Mountain Fire, Engines from Freemont County and Pike National Forest.
One Type 2 and one Type 3 helicopter, air attack and mutiple SIngle Engine Air Tankers, a 20-person Type 2 crew from Navajo Nation.

The local Type 3 Incident Management Team out of Durango, Colorado has assumed command of the fire as of August 5.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 04th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationMoccasin Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park
Incident CommanderForrest Rackham
Incident DescriptionLocated On Moccasin Mesa, With Some Acreage In Ute Mountain Tribal Lands. Burning In Steep Terrain And On The Mesa Top, Fire Is Less Resistant To Control Efforts Along Previous Burn Scars, And Presents More Difficulties Where It Is Burning Into A Tributary Of School Section Canyon.
Coordinates37.197 latitude, -108.454 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size185 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 10th, 2018 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Pinion, Juniper

Significant Events

100% containment was reached today. Hand line was completed. An infrared flight found no measurable heat, although ground forces did find some interior stump holes, well interior and not a threat to fire lines.


Planned Actions

Transfer of command to the home unit (MEVE Fire) occurred this am at 0700. Resource advisors will be walking the fire line to check the fire, and to make an initial assessment of both fire, and fire fighting impacts on area sites. One engine and Mesa Verde militia will remain committed to the fire as it enters patrol status.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire is not expected to be active. This will be the last update unless further significant activity occurs.


After the last 209, the number of personnel on the fire was reduced to 58.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture and cooler temperatures enter the forecast area beginning Friday, giving high confidence of continued stability of the incident.

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