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Plumtaw Fire

Unit Information

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

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 The Plumtaw fire was first reported at around 1pm on May 17th roughly 7 miles north of the town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The fire was mapped at 727 acres on Thursday afternoon, which shows a reduction in acreage based on more accurate mapping. Fire personnel have focused efforts on the northeast corner near Fourmile Road (NFSR 634), protecting the Fourmile Creek watershed and Lost Valley Subdivision and keeping the fire north of Plumtaw Road (NFSR 634). The fire is burning in Ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and mixed conifer.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the San Juan National Forest and other area lands. See the "Announcements" tab for more information.

The Plumtaw Fire is scheduled to transition back to the local unit on Thursday, June 2.

With no recent lightning, the cause of the Plumtaw fire is under investigation. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday May 17th, 2022 approx. 01:00 PM
Location7 miles north of Pagosa Springs, CO
Incident CommanderEd LeBlanc
Coordinates37.366 latitude, -107.075 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size721 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer and aspen with severely heavy dead and down component. Significant snag hazards exist in all areas.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.


Planned Actions

Keep the fire north of FS 634. Limit spread east of FS 645 (Fourmile Rd.). Limit spread that could impact structures in Lost Valley.

Projected Incident Activity

No additional spread is anticipated although smoke may be visible as interior pockets of fuel continue to smolder. Ash dust devils may be present within the fire as winds increase throughout the day.


More precision mapping resulted in reduction of acres from 727 to 721 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Elevated critical fire weather is expected today and tomorrow. Windy conditions with gusts up to 50 mph will remain as part of a cold front moving over the area.

There is a 20% chance of wetting rain.