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Sand Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Public Information Office
Phone: 970-426-5491
Hours: 8am - 8pm

Highlighted Activity

07/07/2020 July 6 Sand Creek Fire Update
   Cool Conditions over Sand Creek Fire Pagosa Springs, Colo., July 6, 2020 – Cloud cover and thunderstorms over the weekend produced 0.14 inches of precipitation, higher relative humidity,...
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Map of the Sand Creek Fire, June 27 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Sand Creek fire was started by lightning and first reported on June 15th, 2020. It is located 21 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, in the Piedra Special Management Area. It is currently estimated at 65 acres in size and is burning within an area previously burned during the Little Sand Fire of 2012. Smokejumpers parachuted into the fire area on June 16th. After assessing the fire on the ground, the decision was made not to engage due to hazardous snags (standing dead/damaged trees), heavy fuel loads, and difficult terrain. An area closure is now in effect and some trails are closed. Details can be found under the "Closures" tab of this website.
Smoke from the Sand Creek fire will be visible during the duration of the incident. Smoke is expected to be visible from the Piedra Road and the community of Pagosa Springs. Wildfire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please go to:

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday June 15th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location20 miles NW of Pagosa Springs CO
Incident CommanderJon Freeman, IC Whitney Dean, IC trainee
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates37.451 latitude, -107.309 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size103 Acres
Fuels Involved

Heavy Logging Slash

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Narrative: Significant dead and down loading resulting from the 2012 Little Sand Fire.

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Scout and identify opportunities for indirect/direct tactics following the direction of the incident objectives. Continue to assess and validate management action points and provide UAS and weather observation data. Monitor fire progression and status in relation to management action points.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Creeping and smoldering with potential for surface fire. Occasional torching.

24 hours: Creeping and smoldering with potential for surface fire. Occasional torching.