Current Situation: Most of the San Juan National Forest which was closed earlier this month will reopen today at 3:00 p.m. Portions of the forest impacted by the still on-going Burro and 416 fires remain closed. Active firefighting activities are still taking place and fire danger remains very high. Fire restrictions remain in effect and no open fires are allowed in the San Juan National Forest. See the Burro Fire’s Inciweb page (Inciweb.nwcg.gov) for a map of the area that remains closed as well as detailed information on fire restrictions.
Residents of the Highway 145 corridor between Cortez and Rico should expect to see and smell smoke from time to time, from both the Burro and 416 fires. During helicopter flights over the Burro Fire yesterday, fire managers spotted numerous areas where the fire is still smoldering. Those, and other areas, can spark renewed fire activity at any time, especially with the weather continuing to get hotter and drier.
A smaller management team took over fire operations this morning. While most of the support personnel who were encamped at the Dolores High School have departed, firefighters remain near the fire and will be actively working and monitoring the fire in the days ahead. “We will continue to assess and implement indirect and direct suppression operations that will give us the highest probability of success, while keeping firefighters and the public safe,” said new Incident Commander John Norton-Jensen.
Weather: Hotter, breezier and dry. Please follow all fire restrictions and be exceedingly careful with anything that could cause a fire as you re-enter your public lands.
Closures and Public Safety: No state or US highways are closed because of the Burro Fire. Current road conditions can be found at www.cotrip.org. The Colorado Trail is closed from Molas Pass south to Junction Creek.