Monday, July 30, 2012

No Large Emergencies at this Time

There are currently no large emergencies in the Archuleta County Response Area.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Small Fire in Meadows Area


This afternoon firefighters responded to a half acre fire in the area of Harvard Blvd.  Good progress has been made.  Smoke and a few flames will be visible through the night into tomorrow.  No structures are threatened.

Small fire in Meadows area

Firefighters are on scene of a half acre fire in the area of Harvard Blvd.  Good progress is being made.  Smoke and a few flames will be visible through tomorrow.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dangerous Individual No Longer At Large

The dangerous individual law enforcement officials have been searching for in the Southern Archuleta / northern New Mexico area is no longer at large.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dangerous Individual Possibly in area of 84 Corridor, Chromo, or Edith


Law enforcement officials are looking for a Rex Michael Sherwood.  This dangerous individual was involved in a shooting with NM police officers.  Subject was last seen heading north into Archuleta County from NM on foot.  This individual is potentially in the area of the Chromo, Edith, or the highway 84 corridor.  Subject is a male, 6ft tall, 160 lb, brown hair & eyes, last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt, a blue jacket, and a baseball cap.  If you see this individual or have information call 911.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fire Ban Downgraded to a Restriction

On Tuesday, July 10, the Archuleta County Commissioners, acting on a suggestion from the Sheriff, approved downgrading the county's Fire Ban to a Fire Restriction.  Please see restriction details below:

For the private and county lands in Archuleta County and all lands in the Town of Pagosa Springs:

·       Prohibited are:
o   Open Burning
o   Burn barrels
o   Agricultural burning
o   Use of explosive materials
o   Personal fireworks of any kind
 
·       Outside of developed areas,
prohibited are
:
o   Campfires
o   Coal or wood-burning stoves
o   Any type of charcoal grill
o   Any open fires.

·       Allowed are:
o   Charcoal fires in suitable containers
o   Gas grills for barbecues at residences
o   Camp stoves, grills, or lights fueled by bottled gas
o   Government sponsored fireworks displays
o   Fires no larger than 3-foot by 3-foot by 3 foot in permanent fire pits with 4-foot clearance from combustible material



(All fires shall be attended; you shall have at least 5 gallons of water and firefighting tools immediately available; and all fires shall be fully extinguished after use)
·       Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings, developed recreational areas, or  3-foot wide areas clear of vegetation

·       Internal combustion engines (chainsaws, generators, lawn mowers) MUST have spark arresters

·       Cutting and welding operations MUST have:
o   Fire hand tools and 40 lb. worth of fire extinguishers or a pressurized water supply immediately available
o   A person identified as a Fire watch standing by continuously when an ignition of natural fuels is possible
                                  
·       Oil and Gas operations:
o  Flaring for production wells is allowed but a contact must be made to 9-1-1 dispatch
o  Compliance with the Rules for Fire Prevention and Protection must be met (Rule 606A)

·       Chainsaw and Forestry operations MUST have:
o   A pressurized fire extinguisher of 8 ounces or more with the operator
o   A size 0 or larger round point shovel immediately available


*Although fire restrictions are similar, contact the agency with responsibility to get their specific restrictions.
In the event of an emergency, see www.acemergency.org or tune to 1400 AM or 88.1 FM for information.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Little Sand Fire FInal Update 7/9/2012 5:00 PM


San Juan National Forest


Command of the Little Sand Fire will return to the Pagosa Springs Ranger District at 0800 Tuesday, July 10.  Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to isolated smoldering in heavy fuels. This weather is expected to continue for the next several days. Full containment is expected by July 27, 2012.  All fire line and structure protection rehabilitation is complete.  Local resources will continue to monitor the fire, if warranted, an expanded suppression organization can be formed rapidly to deal with any threats to the containment area.  For additional questions, please call the Pagosa Ranger District at (970) 264-2268. 

Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.  

Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900
Containment: 60% Personnel: 53 Hand Crews: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter Engines: 2
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

If needed, information on the Little Sand Fire may be posted on the following web sites: 
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/



















Little Sand Fire Daily Update July 9, 2012


San Juan National Forest

Command of the Little Sand Fire will return to the Pagosa Springs Ranger District at 0800 Tuesday, July 10.

Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to isolated smoldering in heavy fuels.  This weather is expected to continue for the next several days.  Full containment is expected by July 27, 2012.

All fire line and structure protection rehabilitation is complete.

Local resources will continue to monitor the fire.  If warranted, an expanded suppression organization can be formed rapidly to deal with any threats to the containment area.

The telephone information line listed below will remain valid until the fire is considered to be controlled.



Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012                         Cause: Lightning                        Acreage: 24,900

Containment: 60% Personnel: 53 Hand Crews: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter Engines: 2
Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.537Million
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS



Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites: 
Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2878/
 
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Little Sand Fire Evacuation Order Lifted

The Hinsdale County Sheriff announced all evacuation orders pertaining to the Little Sand Fire are lifted effective 5:30 PM July 8, 2012.

Little Sand Fire Daily Update-July 8, 2012 8:00 AM


San Juan National Forest

The fire line rehabilitation on the Little Sand continued on Saturday with the majority of the work being completed.  Crews continued to support Hinsdale and Archuleta County in preparing the Weminuche Valley for re-entry by residents and the public.  Personnel cleared several roads associated with the fire, removing trees that had fallen across the road or presented a potential hazard.  Fire suppression supplies were also removed from the junction of the Piedra River and First Fork Creek. 

Sunday’s activities will include the final clean-up of the area around the structures in the Weminuche Valley.  Personnel will also be preparing supplies for shipment from the fire back to the appropriate supply cache.  On Monday a packer will be sent to retrieve suppression-related supplies that were placed at the Granite Peak Guard Station in case the fire moved in that direction. 

Rain has continued over the fire for the last five days.  Fire managers believe most of the fire has received several inches of rain from the storms that passed over the area.  This moisture has fallen in such a manner that there has not been significant movement of ash and other debris from the fire into the creeks and streams in the area.  The Forest Service will continue to evaluate the fire situation to determine if there is any need to take remedial action to stabilize the fire area.

Fire managers are evaluating the needs for fire personnel and will continue to down-size the organization.  It is anticipated that the fire will transition to a smaller locally managed organization on Tuesday July 10.  There is a commitment by the National Incident Management Organization Team currently managing the fire to return if the need should arise to again increase the fire organization.

Fire closure restrictions remain in place including First Fork Road (FR 622) and West Monument Road (FR 630) which are both closed at the Sheep Creek Trailhead.  In the Vallecito area, the Pine Piedra Stock Driveway is closed at the end of Beaver Meadow, and the East Creek Trail (FT 535) is closed at the East Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 852.  All other trails in the Vallecito area are open.  Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.  

Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900
Containment: 55% Personnel: 98              Hand Crews: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter     Engines: 7
Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.371 Million
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites: 


Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info













Saturday, July 7, 2012

Little Sand Fire Update 4:00 pm July 7, 2012


San Juan National Forest

Progress was made on rehabilitation of the fire lines associated with the Little Sand Fire on Friday.  The work of the excavator was completed in regards to the restoration of dozer lines.  Crews completed the assessment of the Piedra and Weminuche trails and work began on their repair.  In the Weminuche Valley, crews worked in cooperation with Hinsdale and Archuleta County preparing the area around the structures for re-entry.  Hoses, pumps, and sprinkler systems were some of the items removed.  These items had been installed to protect the structures in the event the fire activity came near the buildings.  Fire managers also met with representatives of Archuleta and Hinsdale County to discuss lifting the evacuation order.

On Saturday crews will continue to prepare the Weminuche valley for re-entry by residents.  Materials removed from the Weminuche Valley will be hauled back to the fire camp in Pagosa Spring for disposition.  A large portion of these materials will be returned to the Rocky Mountain Fire Cache or the local Forest Cache in Durango for refurbishing.  Crews will also continue efforts to rehabilitate the Piedra and Weminuche trails.  

Over the last several days the Forest has undertaken a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) evaluation effort over the fire area. BAER activity is often described as “first aid” for the land.  During the process objectives will be established on how to remediate any significant effects on the land.

Fire closure restrictions remain in place including First Fork Road (FR 622) and West Monument Road (FR 630) which are both closed at the Sheep Creek Trailhead.  In the Vallecito area, the Pine Piedra Stock Driveway is closed at the end of Beaver Meadow, and the East Creek Trail (FT 535) is closed at the East Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 852.  All other trails in the Vallecito area are open.  Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.  

Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900
Containment: 40% Personnel: 103 Hand Crews: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter     Engines: 7
Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.264 Million
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites: 


Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info