San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Durango, CO 81301
Plateau Fire Update
August 15, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.
Information Center: (970) 403-5417
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A local Type 3 organization, led by Incident Commander Jerran Flinders, assumed management of the Plateau Fire at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. The Incident Command Post at the intersection of CRW and 31 will be broken down Wednesday morning and a small fire camp will be set up near the northwestern edge of the fire.
Current Situation:An aerial flight at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday showed moderate fire growth of 425 acres during the morning, primarily on the northeast side of the fire and along the canyon walls in Beaver Canyon. Fire activity continued throughout the afternoon.Firefighters continued to patrol and improve containment lines, extinguishing hot spots that pose a threat of escape. The areas where containment line has not been achieved along the north and northwest sides of the fire are in rugged terrain where it has been difficult for firefighters to safely build adequate line.
Today’s activities will be very similar to Tuesday. Firefighters will continue to search out and extinguish hot spots near the fire perimeter, improve areas that are contained and patrol the fire perimeter. Once again, active fire behavior is expected in interior pockets of unburned fuel and will produce visible smoke. These areas are well within the containment lines and pose no threat to the existing control features.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Heavy cloud cover and light rain this morning will slow fire behavior some. Temperatures are expected to be around 80 degrees with relative humidity values ranging from 20-25%. Scattered thunderstorms are possible beginning around noon, which could bring some gusty outflow winds but wetting moisture is unlikely.
Evacuations and Closures: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted. The Dolores-Norwood, House Creek, and Dry Canyon Roads and the Boggy Draw trails east of Rd. 526 are now open, but the public is advised to use caution near the fire area, as fire resources are still working and driving roads. Some roads may be smoky, especially in the morning before the inversion lifts.
An area closure is still in effect on National Forest System lands around the fire. For more information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices/?aid=46885
Fire Restrictions: There are currently burn bans in place for Montezuma and Dolores Counties.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: To provide a safe environment for firefighter safety, there is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place. The TFR covers a seven-mile radius around the fire.
Air Quality: Smoke in Dolores and Cortez and areas to the east can be expected. http://www.airnow.gov
For More Information:
Fire Info Line: (970) 403-5417