The Loading Pen Fire has been burning in the Dolores River Valley between the towns of Dolores and Rico since June 13th. No structures are threatened. The fire has been burning on the slope between the river valley and Haycamp Mesa. Firefighters including hotshot crews, helicopters, engines and a bulldozer, have worked to contain the fire. It is 95% contained as of June 26th, 2020. It is approximately 42 acres in size. Smoke may continue to be visible to travelers along Colorado Highway 145. Please do not stop to watch fire activity as this road is narrow with limited sight lines and pulling back onto the road can be hazardous for other travelers.
For more information on the current status of the Loading Pen Fire, please contact the Dolores Ranger District Office at (970) 882-7296.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday June 13th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||23 miles from Cortez|
|Incident Commander||ICT5, Dolores RD|
|Incident Description||Fire Burning Mid-slope In Mixed Conifer And Aspen Between Haycamp And Taylor Mesa, Northeast Of Dolores, Co.|
|Coordinates||37.563 latitude, -108.283 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday June 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Mixed conifer and aspen
ICT5 assumed command 6/26. Continue extinguishing any heat.Begin suppression repair of unused firelines.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Interior pockets will burn out, heavy fuels will continue to burn out. No progression anticipated.
24 hours: Residual smoldering.
48 hours: Residual smoldering.
72 hours: Residual smoldering.
Continued hot and dry with bouts of wind.