San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Dolores, Colo., June 19, 2020 – The fire is now 90% contained and over half the firefighters who have been working on it this week are being released today. They will either return home for rest or be reassigned to other fires. The Loading Pen Fire remains at 42 acres in size. About 40 firefighters will still be putting out hot spots and keeping an eye on the fire lines on Saturday. Those crews will also continue to cut down damaged trees that either pose a threat to the fire lines, or to public or firefighter safety. Helicopters are available in the area to support the firefighters on the ground, if needed.
The Incident Management Team that has been overseeing the effort this week will turn the fire back to local control on Saturday morning. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and local land owners who helped make our job easier,” says outgoing Incident Commander Brad Pietruszka. The fire is continuing to smolder and smoke may be visible at times on the hillside above the Dolores River near the community of Stoner. If you are traveling Colorado Highway 145 between Dolores and Rico, please do not stop in the fire area. The road is narrow with limited sight lines and getting off of or onto the roadway from the shoulder can be hazardous to you and other motorists. Additional incident information on the Loading Pen Fire can 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).
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