San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Dolores, Colo., June 16, 2020 - Working against strong winds on steep terrain, firefighters made progress establishing control lines around the Loading Pen Fire today. The fire is burning east of Colorado Highway 145, about 17 miles northeast of Dolores. Its size is estimated at 35 acres with zero percent containment. It was started by lightning last Saturday.
Supported by helicopters making water drops, hot shot crews and other firefighters are working to build fire lines from a meadow along the Dolores River, up to the top of the canyon rim. “This fire has continued to be active, even through the last couple nights,” says Incident Commander Brad Pietruszka, “but the crews have done an excellent job trying to get around it.” Contingency plans are also being developed should the fire escape the current lines. Over 50 people are now working the fire, which is visible from Highway 145 between Dolores and Rico. Travelers should not stop to watch the fire or firefighting activities because the highway is narrow and winding, and exiting or entering the highway in that area poses a traffic hazard. Wildfire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health Additional incident information on the Loading Pen Fire 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)