San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Current Situation: Firefighters on the Burro Fire continue to make great progress strengthening containment lines on the southern and western edges of the fire. Because of that, managers are confident saying that over half of the fire area is now contained. “Contained is not ‘out’”, says Incident Commander Dan Dallas, “and there are still areas which could become active as everything continues to dry out.” In fact, the fire grew about 26 acres Tuesday along the creek bottom.
The focus has been on those areas south of the Bear Creek drainage because those places have more people and property, which firefighters refer to as “values at risk.” Firefighters are monitoring the area to the north and northeast of Bear Creek but are not planning containment lines there because there are few values at risk. Also, natural features, like timberline and aspen groves, will help contain the fire if it should become active again.
Because of the decrease in fire activity and increase in containment, management of the fire is being turned over to a smaller, “Type 3” incident management team tomorrow morning. Most of the support personnel now working out of the Dolores High School will depart but firefighters are still working and encamped close to the fire lines. “We want to thank the local communities for their patience, cooperation and hospitality,” says Dallas.
Weather: Warm and dry today, tomorrow and Friday. Highs in the fire area will be in the upper 60’s with low humidity in the afternoon. “Red flag” weather conditions, under which fires can grow rapidly, may exist later in the week and into the weekend.
Closures and Public Safety: 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. No state or US highways are closed because of the Burro Fire. Current road conditions can 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.