San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Current Situation: The Burro Fire grew approximately166 acres in the past 24 hours but the large smoke plumes visible from Dolores and Rico are from the 416 Fire, north of Durango. Fire activity on the Burro continues to be along a bulldozer line at the top of Bear Creek Canyon, below the Colorado Trail near Grindstone Lake, and at the bottom of Bear Creek Canyon where Little Bear Creek comes into Bear Creek.
On Friday, firefighters conducted “burnout” operations along the bulldozer line to secure that fire line. “Burnout” means lighting the fuels along the line so they are consumed, gradually, and the approaching wildfire is deprived of fuel. “Everything has dried out in the past week and a-half and we’re seeing more and more fire activity each day” says Incident Commander John-Norton Jensen, “but our fire lines are in place and we have a plan to manage it.” He also said additional resources will be called in, if the situation calls for it.
Weather: Hot and dry through the weekend. The long-range forecast calls for an increasing chance of afternoon thunderstorms beginning Tuesday of next week. Fire restrictions remain in effect on the national forest and in Montezuma and Dolores counties.
Closures and Public Safety: Please respect closure barriers on roads and trails in the
Burro and 416 fire areas. The Colorado Trail is closed from Molas Pass south to Junction Creek and the Hermosa Creek Wilderness is closed. McPhee Reservoir is open, both to shore fishing and boating. The Dolores River is accessible between Dolores and Rico.