Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 30, 2012, 9:00 a.m. (MST)                    
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: 970.444.2201 – 8am – 9pm
24 Hour - Recorded Message: 970.264.4731


*** PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED ***
Saturday, June 2nd beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman's Campground

 

Morning Update – Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pagosa Springs, CO – Light smoke settled in the area of Pagosa Springs this morning from the Little Sand Fire.  Yesterday crews working on the southeast portion of the fire (Division Y) experienced increased fire activity late in the afternoon which put up smoke that was visible from Pagosa Springs. 

Yesterday's Progress:
The structure protection group worked on the northeast area of the fire (Division A) removing brush and trees from around structures.  This work is being done as a precautionary effort to create defensible space around homes and structures in the area.  Crews worked in the public fuel wood area near Sportsman's Campground removing limbs and ladder fuels.  Ladder fuels provide vertical continuity between the forest floor and tree canopy, thereby allowing fire to carry from surface fuels into the crowns of trees or shrubs with relative ease. These fuels help initiate and assure the continuation of crowning.[1]

Burnout operations were successful on the southwest side of the fire.  Winds were present but were not a major factor.

Two community meetings were held yesterday at the Sportsman's Campground and Pagosa Springs H.S., Approximately 100 community members were present.


Div A - (upper northeast)
            Crews will be in patrol status, continuing to work on and around structures.  The work will include delimbing of trees and removing ladder fuels from around structures in the area of Sportsman's Campground.  Crews will also be working the spot near Trail Ridge Road (639) which is mostly a ground fire and not in the trees.  Improvements and holding at Forest Service Road 639 will continue.
           
Div B – (southwest side)
            There was growth on the southwest side of the fire, however the line is holding.  Firefighters will continue to hold the line.

Div Y – (upper northwest)
            This division will be monitored by air.  Due to the heaviness of the tree canopy, ground observation is not possible.

Closures of roads, trails and campgrounds can be found at: www.FS.USDA.gov/sanjuan/

           
Fire Stats at a glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 3,754
Personnel: 246
Crews: 6
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Aviation: (1)-Type 1 Helicopter, (1)-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack
Engines: 5
Injuries: 0
Structures destroyed: 0
Structures threatened:  40 including outbuildings
Cost to date: $1,011,000

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Laura McConnell, PIO2
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Rocky Mountain IMT2 - Team B
Little Sand Fire 2012
Public Information Office
(970) 444-2201- Information line
(970) 264-4731- Recorded information

Little Sand Fire Update - 5/31/12 Morning


News Release                                             
May 30, 2012, 9:00 a.m. (MST)                    
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: 970.444.2201 – 8am – 9pm
24 Hour - Recorded Message: 970.264.4731


*** PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED ***
Saturday, June 2nd beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman’s Campground

 

Morning Update – Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pagosa Springs, CO – Light smoke settled in the area of Pagosa Springs this morning from the Little Sand Fire.  Yesterday crews working on the southeast portion of the fire (Division Y) experienced increased fire activity late in the afternoon which put up smoke that was visible from Pagosa Springs. 

Yesterday’s Progress:
The structure protection group worked on the northeast area of the fire (Division A) removing brush and trees from around structures.  This work is being done as a precautionary effort to create defensible space around homes and structures in the area.  Crews worked in the public fuel wood area near Sportsman’s Campground removing limbs and ladder fuels.  Ladder fuels provide vertical continuity between the forest floor and tree canopy, thereby allowing fire to carry from surface fuels into the crowns of trees or shrubs with relative ease. These fuels help initiate and assure the continuation of crowning.[1]

Burnout operations were successful on the southwest side of the fire.  Winds were present but were not a major factor.

Two community meetings were held yesterday at the Sportsman’s Campground and Pagosa Springs H.S., Approximately 100 community members were present.


Div A - (upper northeast)
            Crews will be in patrol status, continuing to work on and around structures.  The work will include delimbing of trees and removing ladder fuels from around structures in the area of Sportsman’s Campground.  Crews will also be working the spot near Trail Ridge Road (639) which is mostly a ground fire and not in the trees.  Improvements and holding at Forest Service Road 639 will continue.
           
Div B – (southwest side)
            There was growth on the southwest side of the fire, however the line is holding.  Firefighters will continue to hold the line.

Div Y – (upper northwest)
            This division will be monitored by air.  Due to the heaviness of the tree canopy, ground observation is not possible.

Closures of roads, trails and campgrounds can be found at: www.FS.USDA.gov/sanjuan/

           
Fire Stats at a glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 3,754
Personnel: 246
Crews: 6
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Aviation: (1)-Type 1 Helicopter, (1)-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack
Engines: 5
Injuries: 0
Structures destroyed: 0
Structures threatened:  40 including outbuildings
Cost to date: $1,011,000

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Little Sand Fire - Evening Update 05.30.12


News Release                                             
May 30, 2012, 9:00 p.m. (MST)                    
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: 970.444.2201
Recorded Message: 970.264.4731


Evening Update 05.30.12

Pagosa Springs, CO – The structure protection engines and crew members have been working to establish defensible space around homes and businesses north and east of the fire.   Clearing and removing excess vegetation around structures allows firefighters to protect buildings safely while increasing the probability of the structure surviving a wildfire.  Fire crews also removed lower limbs on trees and cleared areas in the public fuel wood area near Sportsman’s Campground.

The most active area of the fire today was the southwest corner where the flames were pushed down slope by winds.  Crews successfully conducted a burnout operation to head off the fire and tied in that corner.  The fire is still north and east of the Piedra River.

Firefighters patrolled the northeast portion of the incident. 

The northwest side of the fire was monitored by air.  There is no way to establish escape routes or safety zones for firefighters as the timber is so dense and the downed trees so deep.  Under current conditions, a stand of aspen above this area will deter the fire from moving beyond the ridge.  Aspen stands are fire resistant and are routinely used as buffers for fire’s advance.

Fire Stats at a glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 3,754
Personnel: 246
Crews: 6
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS
Dozers: 1
Aviation:1-Type 1 Helicopter, 1-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack
Engines: 5
Injuries: None
Structures destroyed: None
Structures threatened:  40 including outbuildings
Cost to date: $1,011,000

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Release                                             

May 30, 2012 8:00 a.m. (MST)                     

Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO

Email: theLittleSandFire@Gmail.com

Phone: 970.444.2201

Recorded Message: 970.264.4731

 

 

*** PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ***

Wednesday, May 30th  beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman's Campground

Wednesday, May 30th beginning 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs H.S. Gym

 

 

 


Pagosa Springs, CO – The weather for today is calling for warmer temperatures and lighter winds. The inversion will weaken and smoke is predicted to begin clearing out earlier.  Yesterday smoke drifted to the northeast, today with shifting winds it will move west and then southeast.

 

Fuels, or vegetation, are very dry for this time of year and low moisture levels in the pondersosa pine makes them susceptible to torching. There's enough moisture in grasses and lighter fuels to help slow the fires movement where there is a layer of dead pine litter the fire continues to spread and readily burns.

 

Fire crews on the north end of the fire working near the Piedra Road above the Bridge Campground.  They will be taking down snags or hazard trees for safety concerns and will scout for areas to prep in the area of Sportsman's Campground. A dozer is being used to improve old logging roads for better access.

 

On the southern end of the fire, crews will monitor along the indirect fireline and take care of any spotting from embers. A portion of the west side of the fire will be monitored by air today.

 

Engines will return to do structure protection around the homes north and east of the incident.  Helicopters will again assist firefighters with water drops when needed.

 

Concerns for firefighters today will include the potential for spotting and firebrands landing downslope from hotspots, falling snags and shifting winds altering fire behavior.

 

Fire Stats at a glance:

 


Start Date: May 13th, 2012

Cause: Lightning

Acreage: 3,754

Personnel: 243

Crews: 6

Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Dozers: 1

Aviation:1-Type 1 Helicopter, 1-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack

Engines: 5

Injuries: None

Structures destroyed: None

Structures threatened:  40 including outbuildings

Cost to date: $725,000


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Little Sand Fire Update 5/29 PM

News Release


May 29, 2012 6:30 p.m. (MST)

Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO

Email: theLittleSandFire@Gmail.com

Phone: (970) 444-2201

Recorded Message: 970.264.4731

Pagosa Springs, CO – The Little Sand Fire put up smoke this afternoon as it continued backing through the Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer reaching the Piedra River in some areas. Also contributing to the smoke were interior islands of unburned vegetation being consumed. Fire crews also worked north up Sand Creek cutting down trees to open the tree canopy and break up the continuous fuel. Most of the heat is on the south end of the incident which has been growing about 400 to 500 acres a day.

Primary indirect fireline was completed along Trail Ridge today on the east flank of the fire.

The incident is 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs and is visible to area communities. The possibility exists of this being a long term fire and smoke will continue to impact the Piedra River valley, Pagosa Springs and Creede.
The structures north and east of the fire are being protected by engines patrolling and prepping those spots.

Fire Stats at a glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012

Cause: Lightning

Acreage: 3,133

Personnel: 243

Crews: 6

Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Dozers: 1

Aviation:1-Type 1 Helicopter, 1-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack

Engines: 5 and 3 Water Tenders

Injuries: None

Structures destroyed: None

Structures threatened: 40 including outbuildings

Cost to date: $725,000


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Little Sand Fire 5/29 *updated map*

*UPDATED* Little Sand Fire 5/29 11:24 AM

We have been experiencing technical difficulties with the original phone line and email.  We have posted a new email and a temporary phone line hightlighted in yellow.


News Release                                             
May 29, 2012 8:00 a.m. (MST)                     
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: (303) 775-9132
Recorded Message: 970.264.4731

*** PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ***
Wednesday, May 30th  beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman Campground
Wednesday, May 30th beginning 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs H.S. auditorium
  Pagosa Springs, CO – Fire activity yesterday consisted primarily of interior tree torching and spotting on the east flank. Fireline construction will continue from Sally’s Point the north along Forest Service Road 639.  Additional acres burned were due to the fire backing towards the Piedra River carried by a layer of continuous timber litter. One objective is to keep the fire north of the river.  Crews scouted and assessed the possibility of using firing operations to remove the unburned vegetation between the fire and the river to minimize the hazard of it crossing to the other side.

Firefighters will return to the east flank of the fire to work on building fireline. At the south end of the incident crews will establish an anchor point and work to keep it from crossing the Piedra River. Winds pushed the fire back into itself on the west side and today crews will assess opportunities for line construction.

Five engines and a water tender will continue to protect homes north and east of the fire and clean up areas where necessary.

Smokey conditions are likely in the Piedra Valley and surrounding areas including Creede.

A successful transition occurred at 7 p.m. yesterday from the local Type 3 Incident Management Team to the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B.  Incident Commander Todd Pechota acknowledged the solid work done by the local team since May 13 when the incident was started by a lightening strike.  Pechota said, “We’ll be looking hard to see where we can be successful in building fireline and where it’s going to hold. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

The top priority remains firefighter and public safety by minimizing unnecessary exposure while protecting private property, businesses and infrastructure.

Fire Stats at a glance:



Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 2,682
Personnel: 147
Crews:
Cooperating Agencies:
Dozers: 1
Aviation: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 3, Air Attack
Engines: 5 and 1 water tender
Injuries: none
Structures destroyed: none
Structures threatened:  5



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Little Sand Fire Update 5/29 AM

   
*** PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ***
Wednesday, May 30th  beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman Campground
Wednesday, May 30th beginning 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs H.S. auditorium
News Release                                             
May 29, 2012 8:00 a.m. (MST)                     
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Email: LittleSandFire@Gmail.com
Phone: 970.444.2201
Recorded Message: 970.264.4731


*** PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ***
Wednesday, May 30th  beginning  2:30 p.m. at Sportsman Campground
Wednesday, May 30th beginning 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs H.S. auditorium
 



Pagosa Springs, CO – Fire activity yesterday consisted primarily of interior tree torching and spotting on the east flank. Fireline construction will continue from Sally’s Point the north along Forest Service Road 639.  Additional acres burned were due to the fire backing towards the Piedra River carried by a layer of continuous timber litter. One objective is to keep the fire north of the river.  Crews scouted and assessed the possibility of using firing operations to remove the unburned vegetation between the fire and the river to minimize the hazard of it crossing to the other side.

Firefighters will return to the east flank of the fire to work on building fireline. At the south end of the incident crews will establish an anchor point and work to keep it from crossing the Piedra River. Winds pushed the fire back into itself on the west side and today crews will assess opportunities to for line construction.

Five engines and a water tender will continue to protect homes north and east of the fire and clean up areas where necessary.

Smokey conditions are likely in the Piedra Valley and surrounding areas including Creed.

A successful transition occurred at 7 p.m. yesterday from the local Type 3 Incident Management Team to the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B.  Incident Commander Todd Pechota acknowledged the solid work done by the local team since May 13 when the incident was started by a lightening strike.  Pechota said, “We’ll be looking hard to see where we can be successful in building fireline and where it’s going to hold. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

The top priority remains firefighter and public safety by minimizing unnecessary exposure while protecting private property, businesses and infrastructure.

Fire Stats at a glance:


Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 2,682
Personnel: 147
Crews:
Cooperating Agencies:
Dozers: 1
Aviation: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 3, Air Attack
Engines: 5 and 1 water tender
Injuries: none
Structures destroyed: none
Structures threatened:  5


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