6/4/2018, 6:00 pm
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Fire Size Today:
416 as of 6/4/2018
10 miles North of Durango, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team
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Temperatures were higher and humidity was lower than forecasted today. Additionally, gusty winds of up to 20 miles per hour led to an increase in the fire’s activities in several locations. “This is the most active fire behavior we’ve seen since we’ve been here,” said Travis Lipp, Field Operations Section Chief with the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team.
Firefighters were busy today along the fire’s southern flank which was the most active area of the fire. By mid-afternoon spot fires started outside of the fire’s main perimeter, but these areas didn’t grow to more than a quarter acre. Two large helicopters were used to suppress the fire using water drops.
Other active fire areas were along Highway 550 just south of Golding Creek. This led to a closure of the road when heavy smoke blocked visibility. Firefighters used planned ignitions, also known as burnouts, to remove flammable vegetation and create a buffer between the highway and the fire’s northern flank.
Temperatures tonight are predicated to be warmer than last night with a low near 50 degrees. The fire is expected to burn actively overnight. Crews will patrol along Highway 550, and along its southern flank, monitoring for any hot spots that might occur. They may also use burnouts if conditions warrant them.
In the coming days the fire is expected to burn actively. Firefighters will continue building defensible spaces around homes and structures. These measures include removing flammable materials away from the buildings. Additionally, a wood chipper is being brought in to remove piles of vegetation cut and piled by homeowners that might pose a risk to nearby buildings. A large airtanker has also been ordered to assist with suppressing the fire.
Highway 550 will be open again tomorrow from 8 am to 6 pm depending on smoke conditions. Traffic will be restricted to one lane with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting motorists through the area.
The Hermosa Creek watershed of the San Juan National Forest is closed. Please call the Forest Office at 970-247-4874 or check their website at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices for more information.
Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822/
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