San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Durango, CO 81301
Plateau Fire Update Information Center: (970) 403-5417
August 17, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Current Situation: Fire managers believe that Thursday was the last day of significant smoke that will come off the Plateau Fire. As seen on the attached fire progression map, the fire worked its way through the large patch of green forest remaining in the northeast section of the fire perimeter. Though it created a lot of smoke, fire in this area was generally low intensity surface fire that burned needles and other fuels on the ground. Precipitation fell on the fire overnight.
The small unburned area near the southwest perimeter (near McPhee) is not expected to burn at this point as the fire has stayed within the containment lines for several days.
There will continue to be light smoke for some time as fuels continue to smolder and occasionally flare up, and residents should not report these smokes unless they are spotted in an area outside the fireline, like on the east side of the Dolores-Norwood Road. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire until significant moisture is received.
Where conditions allow, firefighters will begin to repair firelines. This may involve seeding, pulling cut debris over firelines, and chipping or shredding of cut debris in some areas.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Partly cloudy conditions are expected on Friday with a small chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80’s with relative humidity values ranging from 25-35%. Warmer, sunnier conditions should return on Saturday.
Open Areas: 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. Smoke may persist along road early in the day until the inversion lifts mid-morning.
Evacuations and Closures: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted. 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.
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