San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Current Situation: On Saturday, the Burro Fire’s gradual northwest movement down the Bear Creek drainage was slowed by less volatile fuels and light winds. There was also moderate fire activity to the southeast, but all areas of the fire remained inside the lines that firefighters have widened with “burnouts” – the careful use of fire to remove unburned fuels between the control line and the main fire.
Firefighters took advantage of the quieter fire behavior to extend control lines near Burro Mountain, and improve existing lines by extinguishing smoldering
The number of personnel assigned to the Burro Fire has been reduced to a level that fire commanders judge to be appropriate for the fire’s size and complexity. Firefighters continue to diligently work toward the goal of full suppression. Additional personnel will be assigned to the fire if necessary.
Weather: Temperatures are expected to be slightly less hot on Sunday, along with light winds. However, normal summer heat and wind are continuing to dry the grasses and small vegetation, which can fuel fire growth.
Closures and Public Safety: As outdoor recreation increases over the Independence Day holiday week, residents and visitors are reminded to avoid open burning, fireworks, or other activities that could create sparks or flame. Fire restrictions remain in effect on the San Juan National Forest and in Montezuma and Dolores counties.
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.