San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Ct.
Durango, CO 81301
Firing operations ramp up on the 842 fire.
BAYFIELD, Colorado – August 15, 2017 -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Firefighters have spent considerable time and effort leading up to today, due to a burnout that is planned for the 842 Fire. Existing roads and trails are being used as predetermined containment lines which have been improved by removing hazard trees, brush, and any other debris. Hand crews and heavy equipment have both been involved in this process and have put forth an enormous amount of work. 300 hundred more acres are expected to be added to this lightning caused wildfire which totaled 743 acres as of yesterday evening. Fire crews will utilize drip torches to produce a low intensity fire to meet objectives. Accomplishing this will prevent the wildfire from making any advances while, at the same time, reducing heavy fuel loads on the landscape.
“Smoke from the fire will be more visible as we expect significant acreage growth as a result of today’s operations” said Lance Martin Type III Incident Commander. The public can expect to see moderate amounts of smoke along Colorado Highway 151 and U.S. Highway 160 in the areas around the HD Mountains and Chimney Rock National Monument. This evening and overnight, people should take extra caution because smoke may settle into the surrounding valleys and reduce visibility.
Visitors are reminded that, while there are currently no restrictions in the area, they should be aware that fire activity could increase at any time, and should avoid the area, if possible.
Updates and news releases are posted on Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5481/) and the San Juan National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan). For more information, please contact Chris Tipton, Columbine District Fire Management Officer at 970 884-1427, or the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512
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