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San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301

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Lightning Causes Loading Pen Fire Northeast of Dolores

Loading Pen Wildfire
News – 6/15/2020

Dolores, Colo., June 15, 2020 - The Loading Pen Fire on the Dolores Ranger District was reported on the evening of Saturday June 13th. The fire is located approximately 17 miles from Dolores, near Stoner, between Taylor and Haycamp Mesas on National Forest System land. It was started by lightning and is burning in mixed conifer and aspen. As of Sunday night, the fire was approximately 25 acres.

A local Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command Sunday and is using a full suppression strategy on the fire. Ground resources include two interagency hotshot crews, an engine, and other resources are arriving. Aircraft, including helicopters and single engine air tankers, will continue to support fire suppression activities. Red Flag warnings are predicted through Tuesday for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels with little chance of precipitation.

Smoke from the fire may be visible on Highway 145, as well as National Forest System Road (NFSR) 556 and 558.  Smoke may also be visible to surrounding communities for the duration of the fire. Roadside signs will be posted on Highway 145 to alert any travelers of smoke and firefighting personnel and equipment in the area.

Wildfire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health  

The San Juan National Forest will continue to provide additional updates on the Loading Pen Fire as needed, depending upon incident activity. Additional incident information can also be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6775.

All offices on the San Juan National Forest are currently conducting business and providing services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247-4874, visit the forest website, or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).