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Burro Fire

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

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June 12, 2018 - 416 and Burro Fire Update

Burro Fire Wildfire
News – 6/12/2018

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Todd Pechota, Incident Commander

Information Center: 970-403-5326

Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Website for 416 Fire:

Website for Burro Fire:


June 12, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Special note: A stage 3 fire restriction went into place today, June 12, at 12:01 a.m. for the entire San Juan National Forest. This means that all public access to the Forest, including trails and roads, is prohibited.

Weather: Hot and dry conditions will persist for the next 24 hours. On Wednesday, isolated thunderstorms will develop over higher peaks north and east of the fire. Any developing storms will be dry and produce gusty outflow winds. Temperatures today are 78-86, humidity as low as 6%, and winds with occasional gusts up to 25mph on the ridges. On the Burro Fire, conditions are very dry and hot with slight upper level moisture arriving on Thursday and bringing isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures are 70-74 and with minimum humidity of 6% and winds gusting up to 22 mph on the ridges.

Current Situation: Branch I of the 416 Fire includes Divisions H, D, and A: In Division H, the fire is behaving as predicted and will continue growing as it encounters heavier fuels. The area on the west is monitored from the air, and there are now a small number of personnel scouting this area. In Division D near lower Hermosa, there is increased staffing to extend line from the Falls Creek Rd./CR 205 northwest up the Junction Creek Rd./FR 171. Line construction will move along FR 171 toward the Clear Creek Trail. Residents should be aware that, in the coming days, there will be significant planned burn out operations in the area bordered by Junction Creek Rd./FR 171 on the west and Falls Creek Rd./CR 205 on the east. These operations will be conducted to remove fuel between the fire’s edge and planned containment areas. Smoke and flames will be seen from Durango. We will update as info is available.

Smoke and flames are likely today as crews continue burn out operations in Division D on the slopes west of Hermosa. Both aircraft and ground crews will be in operation. Firefighters continue to mop up already burned areas in Divisions D and A, and are attending to further structure protection measures as needed.

Branch III of the 416 Fire includes Divisions Z, Y, and X: In Division Y, there were water drops to cool the northernmost part of the fire yesterday. The fire is currently stalled in the rocks here, and while it will still grow northward, crews are taking advantage of this time to work ahead of the fire and put protective measures in place.

Division Z on the east side along US 550 remains quiet, and this area gained further containment as of yesterday. There is still some potential for rollout, so crews are keeping watch. On the east side of US 550, firefighters are performing chipping operations and working to mitigate fuels around structures.

In Division X, crews work to bring line north from FR 578. The area around Purgatory Resort is prepped for protection if needed, and lines continue to be improved.

Branch II is the Burro Fire: The Burro fire has grown to 2684 acres. Heavy, dead fuels and steep terrain are the main drivers of fire behavior. Fire is now established along the ridge east of Bear Creek and continues to spread slowly to the northeast. Fire managers are working to keep this fire from moving south and west. Dozer line is under construction on the south side, and crews are assessing areas with structures. The Burro Fire has Division R on the north, Division N on the southeast, and Division J on the southwest.

Closures and Public Safety: Highway 550 is closed today from mile marker to 32 to 64. For up to date information on road closures visit Evacuations are in place for several areas in the fire vicinity. For up to date information on the status of evacuations, please contact the La Plata County Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700 or visit

Special note: There are still countless recreational opportunities available and southwestern Colorado is open for business. Please see these websites for tourism and recreational opportunities: La Plata County: Official Durango Tourism site: Durango Business Improvement District San Juan County: Silverton, CO Chamber of Commerce:

Fire Statistics:

Location: 13 miles north of Durango, CO Start Date: June 1, 2018

Size: 416 Fire: 23,378 acres (number reflects more recent flight mapping) Percent Contained: 15 (416 Fire)

Burro: 2684

Total Personnel: 917 Cause: Under Investigation

Resources Include: 9 Type 1 hand crews, 11 Type 2 hand crews, 47 engines, 5 dozers, 4 water tenders

Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 2, and two Type 3