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East Canyon

Unit Information

Tres Rios Field Office
Bureau of Land Management

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East Canyon Fire Map June 23, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

The East Canyon Fire was detected on Sunday June 14, at 12:41 p.m. The lightning-caused fire began on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land located a ridge east of Menefee Mountain near Mancos, Colorado. It is located on BLM and private land along Cherry Creek Road (CR-105) in La Plata and Montezuma Counties. The terrain is a mesa with numerous canyons off all sides. Access is very limited and difficult, making the use of aircraft essential. The pre-positioned Durango Interagency Type 3 team responded to the initial attack and managed the fire until the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team assumed command of the fire on Tuesday June 16, 2020. The fire transitioned back to a Type 3 organization on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 a.m.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday June 14th, 2020 approx. 12:41 PM
Location19 miles from Cortez
Incident CommanderMike Megel, Type 3 Incident Commander
Coordinates37.278 latitude, -108.256 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel11
Size2,905 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Dormant brush, hardwood slash

A mix of timber, oak brush and pinon juniper.

Significant Events




Planned Actions

Mop up and patrol fire line.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire behavior. Most fuels have been mopped up or consumed. Fire movement is not expected due to successful suppression actions. Risk of new starts with problem fire behavior while critical fuel and weather conditions persist.

24 hours: Same

48 hours: Same

72 hours: Same

Anticipated after 72 hours: Same

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Low fuel moisture with potential for rapid and extreme fire behavior. Thursday will bring similar, warm temperatures, low humidity, and winds and also a chance for virga or isolated dry thunderstorms in the afternoon.