Friday, April 22, 2011

Last Up Date on the Astraddle Fire

Today was a good day on the fire, the fire was declared "controlled".  This means that the smoke from the fire should  be minimal and crews will be watching the fire and putting out any left over hot spots. Over the next few days the fire will be declared out and that will mean the end of the fire.  Please be very cautious this summer with fire, the conditions are drying, as we go with out any significant moisture. Have an enjoyable Easter weekend.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Astraddle Fire Update, 12:22 Thursday, April 21, 2011

The overall size of the fire is approximately 4 acres.  The fire did not grow last night, we just have a better idea of the overall size now.  The fire is smoking and will until the fire is out.  Therefore if you see smoke coming from that vicinity, please do not call dispatch.  There are Firefighters on scene and will be until the fire is determined to be totally out.  We will update the blogg each day at  approximatley noon, as long as there are still Firefighters on scene.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Last Update of the Night

The Fire Fighters will work until dark and then leave.  They have done a very good job on the fire and have a strong line around it.  For this type of fire the patrolling deputies over the night will check on the fire and make sure it does not reignite.  Tomorrow they will be back at the fire "mopping up".  If you are driving to Durango tomorrow please watch out for the crews near the highway.  Have a good night!

7:30 Update of the Astraddle Fire

The fire now has a official name and it is the "Astraddle Fire".  We have added a picture of the fire area and as you can see the fire fighters are doing very well with the fire now.  The anticipated weather is winds slowing down after sun set and the humidity rising, these are very good for maintaining control of the fire. Tomorrow we are expecting a "Red Flag day" so please be very cautious with any open fire.  The Fire Fighters have eaten and they are hard at it again, working to put this fire out.

Picture of Astraddle Fire

Firefighters putting out hot spots.

6:30 Update to Fire West of Pagosa

The fire fighters are reinforcing the fire line and winds have slowed some on the fire.  The fire has not grown and is still identified as 4 acres. Some resources have been allowed to leave.  The fire fighters are still in the mop up stage.

Fire West of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160

The fire west of town has been contained at approximately 5:40 today. The fire is still putting up smoke and you will see the smoke for sometime.  At 5:49 the fire fighters were in mop up on the approximate 2 acre fire and there are no structures threatened at this time. The organizations on this fire are Archuelta Sheriff, Paggosa Springs Fire, Los Pinos Fire, Pagosa Springs Police, US Forest Service and Archuleta County Emergency Management. Updates will be posted every half hour starting at 6:00.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yesterday's Prescribed Burn went well!

The U.S Forest Service and other assisting agencies successfully burned 171 acres yesterday . The purpose of the burn is to reintroduce fire to a fire dependent ecosystem.
The Prescribed Burn was located in Burns Canyon off of CR 500. Today the U.S Forest Service are back on the burn to monitor. As the temperature's rise this afternoon we may see a little smoke. Please do not call 911, if you think its this fire.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Prescribed Fire at 6:50 pm - Operations are going well

Prescribed Fire in Area of Burns Canyon

Pagosa Public Lands is conducting a prescribed fire in the area of Burns Canyon.  Smoke from the fire will be visible from many locations in and area Pagosa Spring for a few days.  Burns Canyon is about 8 miles south of town.  You will see a smoke haze and small smoke.  Federal and county resources are on this planned fire and will be monitoring it.  If you see a light smoke haze in the area, or smell wood smoke, please do not call 911, if you think it is this prescribed fire.  We will be posting another update at 09:00 am.