Current Situation: Firefighters working near Burro Mountain and Rough Canyon observed increased fire behavior on Monday, due to shifting winds. Much of that increased activity occurred in unburned areas inside the perimeter, resulting in minor expansion of the overall footprint of the fire.
On Monday, two new firefighting crews arrived on the Burro Fire, to relieve two crews that are scheduled to return home soon when their 14-day assignment ends. These experienced personnel will work with the new crews for a few days, to orient them to the terrain and typical fire conditions.
Just as firefighters are usually limited to 14 days of continuous duty, so are Incident Commanders. At 6:00 am Tuesday, Brad Pietruszka took command of the Burro Fire. He is familiar with the San Juan National Forest, and with the firefighting methods that have been successful in managing the Burro Fire.
Weather: Tuesday will be another warm day, with gradually increasing clouds. Westerly winds will increase during the day. The rest of this week will see an increase in the chance of scattered thunderstorms, but the chance of wetting rain is uncertain.
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.
Firefighters are traveling on forest roads near the Burro Fire. Forest users should drive cautiously on these narrow, winding roads.
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.