Daily rain continues over the fire area, allowing the release of most firefighting resources. The onset of significant monsoonal rain is expected by late Wednesday or Thursday this week.
Periods of heavy rain may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. La Plata County has issued pre-evacuation notice for 317 residences in Tripp Creek, Dyke Canyon, Hermosa Circle and Falls Creek Ranch areas.
There are a few, very isolated areas of smoldering heavy fuels remaining in the interior of the 416 fire. With the predicted weather, the fire is not expected to show noticeable spread or significant smoke production, however, it may continue to show smokes until winter weather ends the fire season. Local fire protection agencies will keep a close eye on the burned area to watch for any threat of spread.
Fire suppression repair is ongoing near the fire’s southern edge and will continue until rain makes operation impractical. Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair impacts to the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from fire line construction.
Command of the 416 fire will transition from the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team back to the San Juan National Forest on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00 p.m. This is the last day there will be an update and the last day Facebook and Inciweb will be updated. Please "like" the San Juan National Forest Facebook page in anticipation of this transition at https://www.facebook.com/SanJuanNF/. Information about the 416 Fire, as well as information on any new fires, will be posted on this page as it becomes available. The 416 Fire Information phone numbers 970-403-5326 (public) and 844-672-5100 (media) will not be available after Monday, July 9th.
The NIMO team thanks the community affected by the 416 fire for their patience and support during this long event. It has been a privilege to work alongside the community and many cooperators to protect life, property and natural resources.
Trails and roads that connect to the San Juan National Forest closure order area continue to be patrolled by law enforcement agencies. These closures are being re-evaluated daily due to the rain but at the moment, remain in place. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been lifted. Closures and Public Safety: For up to date road information visit www.cotrip.org Flood Information: Contact La Plata County or the La PLata City Sheriff’s Office THE NUMBERS AND SITES BELOW ARE ONLY GOOD UNTIL 8:00 PM MONDAY NIGHT
Information Center: 970-403-5326 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m daily. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/416Fire/