San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
June 15, 2018
Current Situation: At the public meeting in Dolores last night, Fire managers told residents they should expect this fire to last until there is sufficient and consistent precipitation. This may or may not occur during the Monsoon Season predicted to begin in mid-July. The Monsoon occurrence is being monitored by meteorologists and Fire Behavior specialists. What remains of Hurricane Bud will continue to bring cloudy skies to the area along with increased winds, chances of dry thunderstorms with lighting, and could have a large impact on the fire. The Burro Fire is slowly moving North and North East along valleys and ridges, with minor spotting ahead of itself. The rocky and extremely difficult terrain is slowing suppression activities. Crews are working to extend the dozer line North-West towards Hwy 145, and are also taking precautions to prevent fire spreading to the south in the Windy Gap area.
Weather: Today brings a Red Flag Warning from 10 am to 9 pm and there is a Flash Flood Watch Saturday from 9 am to Midnight. Temperatures today are 72-77 F with an evening low of 52-57. There is an increased chance of dry lightning. Wetting rains are expected in the area late tonight and Saturday. Gusty winds up to 40 mph are possible, and there is an increased chance of storms today. Showers become likely after midnight tonight with rain persisting through the day on Saturday. Mostly dry weather moves back in Monday with only isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms through mid-week.
Closures and Public Safety: Highway 145 to Rico and over Lizard Head Pass is open. The Dolores/Norwood road is also open. Up to date information on road closures can be found at www.cotrip.org. The entire San Juan National Forest remains closed but other nearby public lands, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park, remain open. McPhee Reservoir remains open for boating but no shoreline activity. Please contact your local US Forest Service office for information regarding private lands within the Forest boundary.