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

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Loading Pen Fire Now 65% Contained

Loading Pen Wildfire
News – 6/18/2020

Dolores, Colo., June 18, 2020 – After some crews worked all night, the Loading Pen Fire is now considered 65% contained. Its size is now estimated at 42 acres. 30 firefighters worked through the night last night to contain two small “spot” fires, which were discovered around 10:30 p.m. The spot fires were both less than a quarter acre in size and were contained within two hours. Crews then worked through the night to make sure the lines around both the main fire and the spot fires were secure. A spot fire is caused when embers float over the fire line and find new fuel sources. A Chinook, twin-rotor helicopter was again used for a short time this morning to drop water on remaining hot spots.

Because firefighters have been able to increase containment on this fire, resources are now being released so they can be able to work on other fires. A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been managing the Loading Pen Fire since Monday and plans to return control to local resources on Saturday morning. About 40 people will still be actively working the fire on Saturday. Wildfire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please go to:   Additional incident information on the Loading Pen Fire can be found at: 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).


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