Current situation: On Tuesday, fire behavior was reduced by cloudy skies, moderate temperatures, and humidity that increased to 23%.
The two new fire crews that arrived Monday went promptly to work, as the experienced crews familiarized them with the terrain and typical behavior of the Burro Fire. This temporary boost in personnel has accelerated the work of building indirect control lines and contingency lines around the southeast part of the fire near Burro Mountain. On the northwest end of the fire, firefighters continue to hold the fire inside a long bulldozer line as the northwest head of the fire slowly backs down the Bear Creek drainage.
On Wednesday the San Juan Hotshots, reassigned from the 416 Fire, will begin building a new contingency control line to connect that bulldozer line to Highway 145 near the Morrison Trail (Trail 610). Fire commanders are taking this precaution due to the growing number of severe wildfires in Colorado. “Right now is the best time to take this step, while these skilled firefighters are available,” explained Kelly Boyd, Incident Commander trainee.
Weather: Wednesday’s temperatures will be mild, with improved humidity. The annual monsoon moisture flow has not begun, but the chance of wetting rain increases through Friday. There is an increasing chance of scattered thunderstorms today and Thursday. Those thunderstorms may create erratic winds and an increasing chance of lightning.
Many roads and recreation areas are open: Highway 145 is open, and it is not anticipated that it will be closed soon. For current information on road closures in Colorado, go to www.cotrip.org
McPhee Reservoir is open, both to shore fishing and boating. The Dolores River is accessible between Dolores and Rico.
Closures and public safety: During 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.