Current situation: July 5 began cloudy, mild, and humid, which kept the behavior of the Burro Fire minimal. By afternoon, scattered showers brought 0.1 inch of rain to the fire. Those storms also brought lightning, which required firefighters to take shelter during the afternoon.
The fire crews accomplished an important task before the risk of lightning ended the day’s work. The San Juan Hotshots, Unaweep Module and Selway Module completed the northwest contingency line down to Highway 145, parallel to the Morrison Trail (Trail 610). The San Juan Hotshots, having finished their 14-day assignment, headed home for a short rest before their next assignment.
Thursday’s rain was not enough to extinguish the fire, which will continue to smolder in heavy dead fuels, such as large logs. But fire behavior has been reduced enough that firefighters will begin bringing equipment off the fire lines and returning it to storage.
Weather: On Friday, the Burro Fire area can expect widespread afternoon showers and thunderstorms, with a high chance of lightning. For the next week, a consistent pattern of afternoon thunderstorms is expected to keep fire behavior at minimal levels.
Closures and public safety: One afternoon of rain is not enough to change the fire risk for the wider area. Fire restrictions remain in effect on the San Juan National Forest and in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Residents and visitors should continue to avoid open burning, fireworks, or other activities that could create sparks or flame.
Closures are still in effect in the Burro and 416 fire areas. Please respect closure barriers on roads and trails. The Colorado Trail is still closed from Molas Pass south to Junction Creek, and the Hermosa Creek Wilderness is closed.
Firefighters are traveling on forest roads near the Burro Fire. Forest users should drive cautiously on these narrow, winding roads.
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.