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Loading Pen

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Esther Godson
Phone: 970-422-2671

Tools lay stacked and ready along a fire line through an aspen grove.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 13th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location23 miles from Cortez
Incident CommanderICT5, Dolores RD
Incident DescriptionFire Burning Mid-slope In Mixed Conifer And Aspen Between Haycamp And Taylor Mesa, Northeast Of Dolores, Co.
Coordinates37.563 latitude, -108.283 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel11
Size42 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateMonday June 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer and aspen

Significant Events



Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued hot and dry with bouts of wind.