DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH
U.S. Forest Service w Bureau of Land Management w National Park Service
w Bureau of Indian Affairs w Colorado State Forest Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Coal Creek Fire Update
November, 5 2012 3:30 p.m.
The Coal Creek Fire, discovered Sunday afternoon, is burning approximately 7 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs entirely on National Forest land within an aspen and mixed conifer forest. The cause of the fire is unknown, but is currently under investigation. No structures are threatened at this time and the fire is approximately 1.5 miles northeast of private land.
The fire, now estimated at 35 acres, is burning in an area with steep difficult terrain and limited access. The Pagosa Ranger District will manage the fire for firefighter and public safety by implementing a confinement strategy, using suppression efforts where effective, efficient and safe. Air support (helicopters) will be utilized as needed.
Above normal temperatures and dry fuel conditions will be conducive to uncharacteristically active fire conditions at this time of year. Some moisture is forecasted for the end of the week, but fire managers encourage recreationist using the forest to maintain situational awareness when using fire in the backcountry until significant moisture enters the area.
For questions on the Coal Creek Fire, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at (970) 264-2268. Check for fire updates on the Archuleta County Emergency Information site www.acemergency.org
Public Information Officer