MANCOS, Colo. - The blanket of cooler, more humid air that has dampened activity at the Weber Fire for the last three days has lifted. Fuels are drying, which resulted in an increase in fire activity overnight. The fire was actively burning on the slopes below the communication site on the north end of the fire. Overnight, firefighters monitored fire activity while they continued to prepare for burnout operations.
The fire acreage held steady yesterday at 9,279 acres, with 45 percent containment.
UPDATE ON AREA WILDFIRES RESULTING FROM RECENT LIGHTNING STRIKES
Friday, July 29, 2012, 10:55 a.m.
DURANGO– The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that several small fires started by lightning strikes in the past few days are now contained and/or controlled. Three lightning strikes in the southern HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield are under control, and a small fire on Devil Mountain west of Pagosa Springs is reported out.
OURAY COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Midwest Rockfall will require 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.
According to the Pine River Times, a fire broke out Thursday afternoon east of CR 334 in the southern edge of the HD Mountains. Two helicopters, slurry bombers and other planes attacked the blaze from the sky as ground crews tried to make their way up the steep terrain. After more than an hour of aerial attacks, the fire appeared to be diminishing. Los Pinos fire said they had a crew on the site, but jurisdiction has been transferred to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
An additional two 20-person crews were on scene today to help with building fire line on the Lightner Fire, bringing the total number of personnel to 90. The fire did become more active mid-afternoon and increased an additional five acres in size to 85 acres. The helicopter has assisted firefighters throughout the day with water drops as needed. An update on containment will not be available until this evening.
Non-residents are asked not to drive down County Road 208 due to the fire traffic on the road.
MANCOS, Colo. - Firefighters continue to make progress on containing the Weber Fire near Mancos, Colorado. More mop-up has been completed along burned areas on the fire perimeter, bringing the containment up to 35 percent. The acreage has been revised to 9,279 acres due to more accurate mapping. There was minimal fire growth yesterday.
Latest Highway Impacts due to WildfiresDENVER – Here is the latest information from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) regarding state highway closures due to the wildfires burning in various areas of Colorado: Colorado Springs/El Paso and Teller Counties - Waldo Canyon Fire US 24 Ute Pass: U.S.
Durango Fire and Rescue responded to a blaze west of Durango, off Lightner Creek Road, on County Road 208 at approximately 12:15 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The fire is burning on private land and the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area. The fire has burned approximately 80 acres as of about 3 p.m.