Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Coal Creek Fire Update 11/06/12 9 a.m.


U.S. Forest Service w Bureau of Land Management w National Park Service
w Bureau of Indian Affairs w Colorado State Forest Service


Coal Creek Fire Update

November, 6 2012   9 a.m.

The Coal Creek Fire, discovered Sunday afternoon, continues to burn approximately 7 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs entirely on National Forest lands in leaf litter.  The cause of the fire is unknown, but is currently under investigation.   The fire is burning approximately 1.5 miles northeast of private property and no structures are threatened at this time. 

The Infrared flight Monday night estimates the fire at 66 acres. The fire continues to be monitored and suppressed by air support as needed.  Crews are being utilized to assess suppression tactics, but are not currently building line due the steep rugged nature and inaccessibility of the terrain. Due the limited access, no line has been built, and there is currently no containment on the fire.  

Some moisture is expected at the end of the week; however it is very important to remain cognizant of the hot dry conditions when utilizing fire in the backcountry. 

Check for fire updates on the Archuleta County Emergency information site www.acemergency.org

Brandy Richardson
Public Information Officer
(970) 264-1530