The heavy rain that fell over the Burro Fire area, just over an inch, is expected to continue to moderate the fires activity for the next few days. However, the large sized fuels that have been sustaining this fire need exposure to moisture for a long period of time before their ability to continue to burn is reduced. Multiple rains events over an extended period of time are needed to alleviate the likelihood that these heavy fuels will burn.
The rains had a limited impact on dirt roads in the fire area, but did limit the use of heavy equipment for fire line improvement. Hands crews were able to resume work shortly after the rain.
Weather: Conditions are expected to be warm and dry today and continue that way throughout
most of this week. Highs Tuesday in the fire area will be between 74-77 with light winds.
Closures and Public Safety: US Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton opened Sunday at 8 A.M. Highway 145 to Rico and over Lizard Head Pass remains open. The Dolores/Norwood road is also open. Current road conditions can always be found at www.cotrip.org. The 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. Any changes to closures or fire restrictions will be shared on the fires Inciweb page and on the San Juan National Forest web page, as well as local government web pages.