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Burro Fire

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

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July 12, 2018 Evening 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 p.m.

Special notes: The evacuation order for residents in SAN JUAN COUNTY will lift at 8 a.m. tomorrow (June 13). Residents will need to present a Rapid Tag resident credentials to return. The residences in San Juan County will remain on pre-evacuation notice.

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: Temperatures will be in the mid-40s to low-50s overnight at both fires. Hot and dry conditions persist for the 416 and Burro Fires. Each day without moisture makes fuels drier and more susceptible to fire. Down-slope/down-valley winds will develop tonight around sunset and remain at 6-10 mph for the 416 Fire and 4-8 mph for the Burro Fire. The 416 Fire had gusty and erratic winds last night and will have the same tonight.

Current Situation: Branch I of the 416 Fire includes Divisions H, D, and A: In Division H, there was some growth on the northwest side, but the fire is still in areas of thinner fuel, so it is not moving quickly at this time. The fire will likely gain intensity as it moves into denser fuel.

In Division D, fire progressed south/southwest high on a ridge west of High Meadow Ranch Rd. Fire crews kept pace with the fire, performing burnout operations on a ridge east of and parallel to the fire, creating a protection zone should the fire move through a drainage and climb the back of the ridgeline above Falls Creek Rd. As burnout operations took place, helicopters dropped water to cool the intensity as needed, and a fixed wing aircraft dropped retardant. Firefighters were in place to monitor and protect the structures below. Farther west in Division D, crews continue to prepare the Junction Creek Rd (171) line, moving northwest toward the Clear Creek Trail.

Tonight, air operations will continue until approximately 9 p.m. Crews will patrol Divisions D and A, and will perform burnout operations only if fire behavior dictates the need. Firefighters continue to mop up already burned areas in Divisions D and A, and are implementing further structure protection measures as needed. 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 (171) on the west and Falls Creek Rd (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.

Branch III of the 416 Fire includes Divisions Z, Y, and X: In Division Y, water drops continued on the northernmost part of the fire in order to slow its spread. Crews will work ahead of the fire and put protective measures in place. Division Z on the east side along US 550 remains quiet. In Division X, crews are improving line that connects to the 578 road. Firefighters will patrol in Branch III tonight.

Branch II is the Burro Fire: While the fire is now established along the ridge east of Bear Creek and continues to spread slowly to the northeast, there was little activity or growth today. Dozer line construction continues on the south side in Division N. Crews are scouting for opportunities to secure the fire’s edge in Division J on the west and in Division R on the north.

Closures and Public Safety: Highway 550 is closed tomorrow until 12 p.m. It will reopen to escorted traffic at noon until 6 p.m. from mile marker to 32 to 49.5. 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 (416 Fire), 14 miles south of Rico (Burro) Start Date: June 1, 2018 (416 Fire), June 8, 2018 (Burro)

Size: 416 Fire: 23,378 acres, Burro: 2684 (Burro) Percent Contained: 15 (416 Fire), 0 (Burro)

Total Personnel: 1028 (416 Fire), 203 (Burro) Cause: Under Investigation (416 Fire and Burro Fire)

Resources Include: 9 Type 1 hand crews, 14 Type 2 hand crews, 55 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders (416 Fire)

1 Type 1 hand crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 2 engines, 1 dozer, 1 water tender (Burro)

Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 2, and two Type 3 (416 Fire)