Saturday, August 22, 2015

Final Little Devil Fire Update August 22, 2015, 16:30 p.m.


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH
From: Jodi Mallozzi, Fire Prevention and Education, Pagosa Ranger District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Final Little Devil Fire Update
August 22, 2015, 16:30 p.m.
PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO   

Fire Facts:

Start: August 18, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Size: 48 acres*

 Percent Contained: 70%

Number of Personnel:  66 including 3- handcrews, and miscellaneous overhead
Aircraft: 1 Type 3 Helicopter
 
*Acreage has been corrected due to more accurate mapping.
Update on Today’s Activities:  Today’s mop up operations were in full swing bringing the containment to 70%. The Little Devil Fire will transition this evening to a Type 4 Incident Commander with full containment expected 8/23 and the fire is expected to be fully controlled on 8/30.
Firefighters and equipment are being demobilized and reassigned to fires. The helicopter will remain near the Little Devil Fire and utilized as needed. There are still some hot spots in the interior of the Little Devil Fire, but they pose no threat of spread outside containment lines.
This will be the final update on the Little Devil Fire unless significant activity occurs. Fire Information can still be obtained from the resources listed at the bottom of the page.
 
Forest Service Road 626, Devil Mountain Road has been reopened for public travel but Forest Service Road 627, that accesses the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area will remain closed.
Community Concerns: Smoke may be visible from Highway 160 and Highway 151.
Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:
·         San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Ann Bond: 970-385-1219
·         Pagosa Springs Ranger District Fire Prevention, Jodi Mallozzi: 480-695-1313
·         San Juan National Forest Web Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/
 
Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF
 

 

Little Devil Fire Morning Update August 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.


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From: Jodi Mallozzi, Fire Prevention and Education, Pagosa Ranger District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update

August 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO  

Fire Facts:
Start: August 18, 2015
Cause: Lightning
Size: 48 acres*
 Percent Contained: 50%
Number of Personnel:  93 including 4- handcrews, 8 smokejumpers, and  9- miscellaneous overhead
Aircraft: 1- Air Attack, 2- Single Engine air Tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter

*Acreage has been corrected due to more accurate mapping.

Update on Today’s Activities:  Last night fire resources completed the containment lines around the Little Devil Fire and mop up will continue today. Firefighters will methodically search out hotspots and extinguish. Smoke may still be visible but has dissipated significantly. The helicopter will remain in the area of the fire and assist with bucket drops as needed.

Forest Service Road 626, Devil Mountain Road has been reopened for public travel but Forest Service Road 627, that accesses the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area will remain closed.


Community Concerns: Smoke may be visible from Highway 160 and Highway 151.

 
There are no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the Little Devil Fire.

Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:

·         San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Ann Bond: 970-385-1219

·         Pagosa Springs Ranger District Fire Prevention, Jodi Mallozzi: 480-695-1313

·         San Juan National Forest Web Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

·         Archuleta County Emergency Information Website: http://www.acemergency.org/

Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF

Friday, August 21, 2015

Little Devil Fire Evening Update August 21, 2015, 17:30 p.m.


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH


From: Jodi Mallozzi, Fire Prevention and Education, Pagosa Ranger District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update
August 21, 2015, 17:30 p.m.
PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO   
Fire Facts:
Start: August 18, 2015
Cause: Lightning
Size: 48 acres*
 Percent Contained: 50%
Number of Personnel:  93 including 4- handcrews, 8 smokejumpers, and  9- miscellaneous overhead
Aircraft: 1- Air Attack, 2- Single Engine air Tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter

*Acreage has been corrected due to more accurate mapping.

Update on Today’s Activities:  Fire resources are close to completing all the containment lines and mop up operations have begun.  Mop up kits, which include hose and portable water bladders, have been ordered and will be flown into the fire by the Type 3 helicopter. Firefighters will search out and extinguish burning and smoldering fuels along the fireline and within the perimeter. They will use hand tools and water to dig and stir hot materials that threaten the containment lines. “Cold trailing” tactics will also be utilized, firefighters will feel with their hands along the fireline for heat and making sure the area is cold. The Little Devil Fire received light precipitation during today’s operations.

During the course of the fire the single engine air tankers were highly effective in the steep terrain and played a key role supporting firefighter’s success on the ground.  Since August 18th the Little Devil Fire has received 24 retardant drops totaling 16,880 gallons.

A Type 6 engine from the Black Hills National Forest arrived today to assist the Pagosa Ranger District with new fire starts.

Closures: Road closures remain in effect: 626, Devil Mountain Road, and 627, which access the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area, are closed for public safety.

Community Concerns: The fire and smoke will be visible from Highway 160 and Highway 151.

There are no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the Little Devil Fire.

 
Weather: Moisture is predicted to increase on Saturday along with lighter winds. Monsoonal moisture is forecasted to increase early next week but there is still the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

 
Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:

·         San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Ann Bond: 970-385-1219

·         Pagosa Springs Ranger District Fire Prevention, Jodi Mallozzi: 480-695-1313

·         San Juan National Forest Web Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

·         Archuleta County Emergency Information Website: http://www.acemergency.org/

Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF

 

Little Devil Fire Morning Update August 21, 2015 9:45 am


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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update August 21, 2015

Fire Facts:
Start: August 18, 2015
Cause: Lightning
Size: 70 acres
Percent Contained: 20%
Number of Personnel:  74 including 3- handcrews, 8 smokejumpers, 1- dozer, and  9- miscellaneous overhead
Aircraft: 1- Air Attack, 1- Type 2 Heavy Air Tanker, 2- Single Engine air Tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter

Update on Today’s Activities: Crews made great progress during yesterday’s operational shift.  The south, east, and west firelines held overnight with no reported additional growth occurring on the Little Devil Fire. Today crews will continue to construct and secure fireline along the western flank and northern portion of the fire with assistance from aircraft as needed. Additional resources have been assigned to the incident including 1 Forest Service dozer which will be standing by at the Ute Campground and the Flagstaff Hotshots are enroute and expected to arrive later today.  

The fire is burning at a ­low to moderate level of intensity, with fire behavior consisting of smoldering and creeping with isolated torching but the fire’s location in very rugged terrain is making suppression efforts difficult.

Closures: Road closures went into effect Thursday, August 20, 2015 Forest Roads:  626, Devil Mountain Road, and 627, which access the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area, are closed for public safety.

Community Concerns: The fire and smoke will be visible from Highway 160 and Highway 151 for days to come. Drivers are encouraged to keep their curiosity at bay and eyes forward on the road.

There are no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the Little Devil Fire.

Weather: The area forecast indicates several days of warm temperatures, little precipitation and gusty winds with the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms

Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:

·         San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Ann Bond: 970-385-1219

·         Pagosa Springs Ranger District Fire Prevention, Jodi Mallozzi: 480-695-1313

·         San Juan National Forest Web Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

Archuleta County Emergency Information Website: http://www.acemergency.org/

Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Little Devil Fire Evening Update August 20, 2015, 19:40 pm


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update

August 20, 2015, 19:40 p.m.

PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO  

Fire Facts:
Start: August 18, 2015
Cause: Lightning
Size: 70 acres
Percent Contained: 20%
Number of Personnel:  73 including 3- handcrews, 8 smokejumpers, and  9- miscellaneous overhead
Aircraft: 1- Air Attack, 1- Type 2 Heavy Air Tanker, 2- Single Engine air Tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter
 
Update on Today’s Activities:  Firefighters diligently worked to expand and secure firelines to minimize the growth of the Little Devil Fire. Aerial support, including helicopters dropping water and fixed- wing aircraft using fire retardant, has played a major role in assisting firefighters on the ground in slowing the progress of the fire, especially in the areas of active fire and steep, rough terrain.  Fire resources made steady progress building and reinforcing firelines along the south portion and east flank of the fire.

The fire is burning at a ­low to moderate level of intensity, with fire behavior consisting of smoldering and creeping with isolated torching but the fire’s location in very rugged terrain is making suppression efforts difficult.

Closures: Road closures went into effect Thursday, August 20, 2015 Forest Roads:  626, Devil Mountain Road, and 627, which access the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area, are closed for public safety.

Community Concerns: The fire and smoke will be visible from Highway 160 and Highway 151 for days to come. Drivers are encouraged to keep their curiosity at bay and eyes forward on the road.

There are no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the Little Devil Fire.

Weather: The area forecast indicates several days of warm temperatures, little precipitation and gusty winds with the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:

·         San Juan National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Ann Bond: 970-385-1219

·         Pagosa Springs Ranger District Fire Prevention, Jodi Mallozzi: 480-695-1313

·         San Juan National Forest Web Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

·         Archuleta County Emergency Information Website: http://www.acemergency.org/


Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF

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Fire Prevention and Education
Forest Service
San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District
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c: 480-695-1313
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jlmallozzi@fs.fed.us
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Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
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Little Devil Fire Update August 20, 2015, 16:40


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update

August 20, 2015, 3:10 p.m.


Durango, CO — The Little Devil Fire has grown to an estimated 70 acres.  The heavy air tanker from Boise, Idaho, is unfortunately grounded at the Durango Air Tanker Base due to wind; however, the state single-engine air tankers and Type 3 helicopter have been able to work the fire this afternoon. On the ground currently are two 20-person crews, a local Pagosa District crew and eight smoke jumpers. Another 20-person crew is in route, and a hotshot crew is expected to arrive tonight.

 

Forest Road #627, Devil Mountain Road, and Forest Road #626, which accesses the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area, are closed.  The Little Devil Fire is burning in a steep and heavily forested area of the San Juan National Forest three miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado State Highway 151 between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, Colorado. Smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 160 and nearby areas.  No structures are threatened.  The weather forecast calls for hot, dry conditions to continue, at least until the weekend. 

 

 
Follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF
 
 
 

Little Devil Fire Update August 20, 2015, 12:23 pm


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Little Devil Fire Update

August 20, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

Pagosa Springs, Colo. — Two Forest System Roads are being closed today on the San Juan National Forest in association with the Little Devil Fire, now estimated at 25 acres, burning in a remote and rugged area of the San Juan National Forest three miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado State Highway 151 between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, Colorado. Both Forest Road #627, Devil Mountain Road, and Forest Road #626, which accesses the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area, are now closed until further notice.  Twenty-eight firefighters, two single-engine air tankers and helicopter are working the fire.  A heavy air tanker, eight smokejumpers and another 20-person crew are ordered. Smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 160 and nearby areas.  No structures are threatened.  The weather forecast calls for hot, dry conditions to continue, at least until the weekend. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Update on Other Area Fires

August 20, 2015, 9:15 a.m.

 
Pagosa Springs, Colo. – A one-acre fire in Cox Canyon on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation has been contained.  The 200-acre Navajo River Fire, burning east of Chama, New Mexico, three miles south of the Colorado state line, is 20% contained.   For more information on the Navajo River Fire, call 575-759-3963.

You can follow San Juan National Forest fire updates on TWITTER @SanJuanNF


The Durango Dispatch Center is the interagency focal point for the mobilization of resources from the San Juan National Forest, Tres Rios Field Office (BLM), Southern Ute Agency (BIA), and Ute Mountain Ute Agency (BIA). Located in Durango, CO, the Center coordinates the initial attack on wildfires and supports incident management personnel by providing predictive services, such as fire danger, intelligence, and weather. The Center also mobilizes resources throughout the country in support of wildfire, prescribed fire, law enforcement and other risk incidents.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Little Devil Fire 8/19/15 12:13 pm


Little Devil Fire

Cause: Lighting

Location: Approximately one mile north of the Devil Creek State Wildlife Area

As of yesterday evening (8/18/15) the fire was approximately 6 acres burning in ponderosa pine and Gambel oak on a ridge.  A ten person crew arrived on the fire yesterday afternoon and built line around hotspots.   Fire resources were able to drop three SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) loads of water on the fire before hiking out late in the evening.   The ten person crew arrived on scene early this morning and two twenty-person hand crews have been ordered in addition to two SEATS and one Type 3 helicopter.  Crews are actively suppressing the fire and there are no values at risk.  The Pagosa Ranger District would like to alert recreationist that may be recreating in the Devil Mountain area to practice situational awareness. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekend Update


Hello Pagosa! Water levels have come down considerably and things are looking good. We are, however, getting a couple more cells with heavy moisture content coming through the area over the weekend, so we're not quite out of the woods yet. Stay vigilant and watchful. Report anything concerning right away. We have a week of sunshine forecasted starting on Monday. I don't know about anyone else's lawn, but mine is absolutely gorgeous right now!!

Stay safe Pagosa!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 11, 1:30 pm update

According to the National Weather Service, a very LARGE slow moving cell is approaching Archuleta County. Emergency Management, Archuleta County and Sheriff's office will keep a close eye on water ways. If you need assistance, please call dispatch at (970) 731-2160.

Jun 10 Update

UPDATE: Good news! At this time the Blanco diversion was cleared out and the river has dropped 4 feet. We are expecting more rain according to national weather so residents living near water please keep an eye on water levels. If you have a concern call dispatch at 731-2160

EARLIER: Today's rain storms have created a situation in which residents of the Lower Blanco and San Juan Village Resort (south side) need to be aware of the water levels near their homes. Some areas of the San Juan have breached into residents yards and other areas have so much debris in the river (Lower Blanco - Rito Blanco - Darcy Place) that it's beginning to back up and/or come into peoples yards. Efforts are underway to free the log jams and keep the water flowing.

Roadways have been affected on Trujillo Road, Pagosa Junction and Cat Creek. Please travel safely and slowly on these roads. County Road and Bridge has been working diligently to repair these damaged areas of roadways to keep them open. Watch for and report any trees or rocks that have fallen into the roadways.

After a meeting with the Director of Emergency Operations, the Sheriff and Undersheriff, evacuations are not recommended at this time, but we are keeping a very close eye on some areas of concern. Residents living near a water source need to be cautious and watch the water levels. Any areas of concern that we've possibly missed should be reported immediately to dispatch at 731-2160.

There are additional rain storms anticipated and water levels may rise even more. Those in need of assistance should not hesitate to call a neighbor, friend or family member well in advance to assist you in evacuation should you need it. It should be noted, too, that for those who don't have resources available to you, the American Red Cross has been placed on standby at our Emergency Operations Center on Piedra Road to assist those in need of lodging or meals. They can also be reached through dispatch. Those who choose to leave their homes should report this to us through dispatch so we can track and monitor voluntary evacuations.

Again, we don't anticipate evacuations but those affected by any flooded areas will be notified as soon as possible. Please share this post and get the word out to those you know of living near or owning a residence near any of our rivers or water sources. If we've somehow missed areas of concern that we should be watching, please don't hesitate to report this to dispatch at 731-2160. We will keep county residents updated via this website, Facebook, KWUF and the Pagosa Sun.

Stay safe out there Pagosa!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Flash Flood Watch

The Flash Flood Warning from the NWS has passed but conditions still prevail that may cause continued problems.

Please be aware of your surroundings if you live near a waterway and call dispatch (970) 731-2160 or 911 if you spot conditions that warrant emergency or enhanced response.

Flash Flood Warning

Flash Flood Warning in Archuleta County til 2pm MDT. Avoid Flood Areas.
Check Local Media. (From National Weather Service)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter travel safey Info

Travel Alert
Historically, the period between Christmas and the weekend after the New Year Holiday has proven to be a heavily congested travel period along the I-70 Corridor. Poor weather can add to these travel issues. Past data shows travel Westbound into the mountains from the metro area increases each day up to New Years Day.
The heaviest times for westbound travel tends to be between 7a and Noon but congestion can linger until early afternoon. While some people will come back each day, many will remain in the mountains through the week.
Last year, the heaviest return days started on New Years Day, with traffic volumes jumping around 9am New Years Day through 8pm, with a peak delay between 4p and 6p. The weekend after New Years is expected to be very heavy. Past data suggests that the return east starts early, with slow traffic beginning around 9am with an hour plus delay remaining through 8pm as people return after the holiday week.
CDOT encourages you to "Change your Peak Time" and return outside these heavily congested times.
 Reported Time: December 29th, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been lifted

 Stage 1 Restrictions are lifted. The resolution will be ratified next week by BOCC and in the meantime – no restrictions in Archuleta County.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH


U.S. Forest Service w Bureau of Land Management w National Park Service w Bureau of Indian Affairs w Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 10, 2014, 2:10 pm

Air and Ground Crews Responding to Wildfires North of US Highway 160

 

DURANGO – A helicopter and ground crews are working the KV Fire about one and a half miles north of US Highway 160 up the First Fork Road on the San Juan National Forest.  The lightning-caused wildfire, which is headed uphill on the west side of the Piedra River, is now estimated at about five acres in size.  Gusty winds are expected in the area, and the fire could threaten nearby power lines and communication lines to the south.  La Plata Electric Association has been notified and is on site.  The fire is not threatening any other structures at this time. 

 

A helicopter and a single engine air tanker (SEAT) are working the fire, as is one 20-person ground crew.  Another SEAT, two heavy air tankers, and additional firefighting crews, including a hot shot team, have been ordered. The fire was ignited last night by lightning, along with two other small fires, also burning near the First Fork Road.  One of those is currently estimated at ¼ acre and the other at 1/10th of an acre.  The firefighting effort is addressing these smaller fires in addition to the KV Fire.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Archuleta County Fire Restrictions


As of JULY 7, 2014
Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in place for South of Highway 160 and West Highway 84
By Order of the Archuleta County Commissioners and the Pagosa Springs Town Council
For the affected areas of Pagosa Springs and the private lands in Archuleta County*:


·         Prohibited are:   
    • Open Burning
    • Burn barrels
    • Agricultural burning
    • Use of explosive materials
    • Personal fireworks of any kind
·         Outside of fee campgrounds or developed parks, prohibited are:
o   Campfires
o   Coal or wood-burning stoves
o   Any type of charcoal grill
o   Any open fires.

·         Allowed are:
o   Charcoal fires in suitable containers in fee campgrounds and developed parks
o   Gas grills for barbecues at private residences
o   Fires within designated campground pits with protective grates
o   Camp stoves, grills, or lights fueled by bottled gas
o   Official fireworks displays sponsored by a government entity
(No fire should be left unattended and all fires should be fully extinguished after use)

 
·         Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings, developed recreational areas, & 3-foot wide areas clear of vegetation

 
·         Internal combustion engines (chainsaws, generators) MUST have spark arresters

 
·         Cutting and welding operations MUST have:
o   Fire hand tools and 40 lb. worth of fire extinguishers or a pressurized water supply immediately available
o   A person identified as a Fire watch standing by continuously when an ignition of wildlands is possible

         
·         Oil and Gas Operations:
o   Flaring for production wells is allowed but a contact must be made to 9-1-1 dispatch
o   Compliance with the Rules for Fire Prevention and Protection must be met (Rule 606A)





*Although fire restrictions are similar, please contact other responsible agencies to get their specific restrictions.

In the event of a wildland fire, see www.acemergency.org or tune to KWUF 1400 AM for emergency information.