Durango - Firefighters and aircraft have been working several new fire starts in southwest Colorado Wednesday afternoon; seven in La Plata County and one each in Archuleta and Montezuma Counties. Three of the fires in La Plata County were located along the County Road 240 corridor:
North:located on the Taylor Ranch property in Durango Hills, approximately .2 acre
Cutoff: located on BLM land SE of Helen’s Store and west of Enchanted Forest Estates, approximately .25 acre
Durango - Late-day rainfall on Monday decreased fire activity across much of the Air Park Fire area. Firefighters came off the fire beginning around 6:00 PM due to the rain. Growth was very moderate yesterday and the fire is now 5% contained. The fire has burned 499 acres; 405 acres of S. Ute land and 94 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land.
As of 7:00 PM Sunday night the Air Park Fire was measured at 514 acres. The fire burned through the night but did not make any significant runs. A very small amount of precipitation fell over the fire last night. The fire has been backing down the ridge towards Basin Creek. There is no containment on the fire.
DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 500 acres. The fire has crossed over the ridge to the west and is headed towards Lake Nighthorse. Two heavy helicopters and 2 heavy air tankers are ordered and en route.
DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 125 acres. A pre-evacuation order has been put in place and reverse 911 call made to 146 residents in Trappers Crossing and areas northwest of the fire. The smoke column is quite visible from Durango.
A fire is burning about one mile southwest of the Animas Air Park outside of Durango and is estimated at about 10 acres.
The fire was first reported about noon, Sunday, July 22 and is burning in Pinon and Juniper on Southern Ute Indian Tribal Land. The fire is very active and is crowing and spotting, according to Ann Bond of the US Forest Service.
There are currently two crews and engines from Durango along with a Southern Ute Fire Department engine and a USFS Type III Helicopter working the fire, with an air tanker on order.
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EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2012: Fire restrictions are lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest, as follows:
Higher Elevation (shown as Zone 2 on maps): Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest, which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.
July 6, 2012 OURAY COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Midwest Rockfall requires at least two night closures of US 550 Red Mountain Pass for upcoming drainage pipe work. The drainage work is part of the project to repair two crib walls (retaining walls) under the southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of snow shed. The work will be completed by September 25, 2012.