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Doe Canyon Fire

Unit Information

San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301

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The Doe Canyon Fire is burning northeast of the head of Doe Canyon, south of FSR 506. It was caused by a lightning strike which happened on June 18th, and was discovered on the afternoon of June 20th. The fire is 100% contained and the area closure has been lifted effective 7/9/19. Interior heavy fuels will continue to smolder. Smoke may be be visible at times from Dove Creek, Colorado Highway 491, and other vantage points around the area. At night, smoke may settle downslope in valleys to the south along the Dolores River Canyon. Please watch for fire traffic in this area and on the highways between Dolores and Dove Creek.
There is no threat to the containment lines. This will be the final update.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 20th, 2019 approx. 01:45 PM
Location10 Miles SE of Dove Creek, CO.
Incident CommanderDan Kaufenberg
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates37.72 latitude, -108.682 longitude

Current Situation

Size2,560 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday July 11th, 2019 approx. 01:45 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Narrative: Continuous ponderosa pine with significant beetle mortality and Gambel oak understory. Aspen and meadows are not supportive of fire spread.

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Hold fire within identified control features. Allow interior islands to burn out. Patrol dozer and handlines, rehabilitate where appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Interior islands will continue to consume, well away from containment lines.

24 hours: Remaining interior islands consume, heavy fuels will continue to smolder. No further growth anticipated.

48 hours: Heavy fuels continue to smolder. No growth anticipated.

72 hours: Heavy fuels continue to smolder. No growth anticipated.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Consumption of heavy fuels completed, no growth anticipated.


Interior islands will continue to consume resulting in visible smoke, no threat to containment lines

anticipated. Patrol as needed. Benchmark lookout will monitor daily

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A warming and drying trend is occurring with isolated

thunderstorms in the forecast.