Wednesday, August 31, 2011

No Large Emrgencies at this Time

There are no large emergencies at this time in the Archuleta County Response Area.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Final Sambrito 2 Fire Update - August 29

Rain fell over most of the Sambrito 2 fire Sunday afternoon. Seven new fire starts were reported adjacent to the fire and were quickly extinguished by firefighters. The Sambrito 2 fire is now 87% contained and full containment is expected by this evening. The fire size remains at 535 acres.

Aircraft were demobilized Sunday evening and most engines and crews will be released Tuesday morning. Due to the widespread lightning on Sunday, the aircraft will remain within the Dispatch Zone to assist with initial attack efforts. Two engines, one 20-person crew, and some overhead personnel will remain on the Sambrito 2 fire and will also be available to assist with initial attack.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sambrito 2 Fire Update - 8/28/11

The lack of gusty, erratic winds yesterday allowed firefighters to make good progress on the Sambrito 2 Fire and there is now a rough containment line around the entire fire.  Fifty-two percent of the fire is contained and full containment is expected by Monday evening.  A reconnaissance flight this morning measured the fire at 535 acres.

Today, crews worked towards strengthening the remaining containment line and began mopping up, making sure there are no hot spots that could jump the line during a wind event.  A single-engine air tanker (SEAT) and medium and light helicopters were available to assist firefighters with retardant and water drops as needed. There are 210 firefighters and seven fire engines assigned to the fire.

The Sambrito 2 Fire is located approximately 8 miles east of Ignacio and 5 miles northwest of Arboles. It started on August. 24.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sambrito 2 Fire Update - Aug. 27 - 9:00 AM

Thunderstorm activity occurred over the Sambrito 2 fire late Friday afternoon, bringing lightning and strong gusty winds for several hours, but the fire received only a small amount of precipitation.

The Sambrito 2 Fire grew on the north end of the fire yesterday near the head of Sambrito Canyon, as firefighters worked to secure the southern end of the fire. The fire is now 15% contained. A reconnaissance flight will occur later today to map the fire perimeter. Small spot fires due to extremely dry fuels continue to hamper efforts to contain the fire.

Firefighters will continue efforts to keep the fire contained within the Sambrito Creek drainage and north of private lands, the closest of which are about ½ mile southwest of the fire. A single-engine air tanker (SEAT) and medium helicopter will continue to assist firefighters with retardant and water drops as needed. There are 150 firefighters and 5 fire engines working the fire, and one additional 20-person crew and fire engine are on order.

The fire, which is burning on Southern Ute lands, was reported about 2:00 PM Wednesday. Most of the fire is in Archuleta County, but a small portion on the southern end is in La Plata County. No residences are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered. The fire is burning in ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper, and Gambel oak approximately 8 miles east of Ignacio and 5 miles northwest of Arboles.

For more information contact Pam Wilson, Fire Information Officer, at 799-2926.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sambrito 2 Fire Update - Agu. 26

Sambrito 2 Fire, Aug. 24, 2011

Sambrito 2 Fire -- Day 3
This fire started Aug. 24 around 2 PM and is burning in the Sambrito Creek drainage on Southern Ute lands in Archuleta and La Plata Counties. The current acreage is 477 acres. The fire is not threatening any residences and no evacuations have been ordered. It is being managed by a Type 3 interacency incident management team from southwest Colorado.

Approximately  150 firefighters are working to contain the fire, and they are being supported from the air by a single-engine airtanker (SEAT) and a medium helicopter. As of 8/25 the fire was 0% contained but that figure is expected to increase today with the addition of more firefighters. Incident Commander Ron Klatt is hoping for full containment by Monday, Aug. 29th.

Residents are reminded that although parts of southwest Colorado have received some significant rainfall, the moisture has been fairly scattered with some areas not receiving any precipitation.

For more information contact Pam Wilson, Fire Information Officer at 970-799-2926.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Multiple Small Fire Near SW Archuleta County

There are multiple small fires in the area northwest of Arboles.  Most of these are in LaPlata County on the west side of the mountains.  The largest is estimated at 35 acres and may burn into Archuleta County if it crests the ridge.  All are thought to be on tribal lands.  Multiple fire agencies (local and federal) are working on these fires at this time.  Weather is happening aircraft operations.  As information becomes available we will post it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Small fire in wilderness visible from Pagosa

The US Forest Service is monitoring a small fire that is south of Pagosa Peak and north of the fourmile trailhead.  The fire is visible from Pagosa.  The fire is in the wilderness.  Please do not call 9-1-1 of you think you are setting this fire.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Several Small Fires Keep Firefighters Busy in Archuleta County

Lightning on the 2nd of August ignited a series of small fires in Southern Archuleta County.  Most of these fires were discovered within the last week.  These fires do not pose any risk to the public at this time. 
  • Payan Fire (SUIT) - Between Hwy 121 and Cat Creek Road - 60 Acres
  • Cold Springs Fire (Archuleta County) - West of Cold Springs Subdivision, south of CR 542 (Montezuma Rd) - 10 Acres
  • Reeding Fire (SUIT)- South of the King Ranch, south of CR 542 (Montezuma Rd) - 5 Acres
  • That are also two single tree fires in the area of the Weminuche Ranch in Hinsdale County (USFS)
Firefighters from Pagosa Fire, Los Pinos Fire, Archuleta County Sheriff's Office, the BIA, the BLM, and the USFS have been actively managing these fires.  These fires have utilized a number of specialized resources including a helicopter, a bulldozer, a fire use module, and the San Juan Interagency Hotshot Crew.

Cold Springs Fire Monday Morning

Pagosa Fire and Sheriff's Firefighters on the Cold Springs Fire (Wednesday)

Reeding Fire (Tuesday)

Reeding Fire Helibase (Fire is behind ridge)