Special Message: The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass this morning at 6:00 am. If fire activity warrants, the highway could be re-closed, so travelers are urged to check road conditions at www.cotrip.org for updated road information.
Fire Information Meetings: The following fire information meetings will be held:
DURANGO – Firefighters contained and controlled the Helmet Fire in the Hogback area northeast of Mancos at 6:22 pm. This single-tree fire was reported at 3:30 p.m.
Smokejumpers have been dropped near the Weminuche Wilderness boundary and are hiking up steep rocky slopes to another lightning strike two miles northeast of Molas Lake. The Whitehead Fire remains limited to a single tree burning above 11,000 feet in elevation. Smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 550 on Molas Pass.
June 28, 2013, 5:30 PM -- DURANGO – Firefighters are responding to two new lightning starts this afternoon on the San Juan National Forest following afternoon thunderstorms in the high country. Both are single tree burning at this time in remote areas.
An engine crew has hiked into the Helmet Fire in the Hogback area northeast of Mancos. This single tree fire was reported at 3:30 p.m.
June 28, 2013 - Liane Jollon, Interim Executive Director of the San Juan Basin Health Department, has issued an immediate “Health Advisory” for Durango, Pagosa Springs, Silverton, La Plata County, Archuleta County, San Juan County and the surrounding areas due to the degraded air quality from smoke from local Wildfires.
Elderly persons, young children, pregnant women and persons with pre-existing circulatory or respiratory conditions should limit outdoor activity when smoke is visible in the sky.
Multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional team in planning stages for
possible reopen this Saturday
MINERAL/RIO GRAND COUNTIES – Due to forest fires in the area (including the West Fork Fire), US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (between South Fork on the east side to east of Pagosa Springs on the west side) remains closed.
La Plata County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday stating that items sent to them for tests had been identified as human remains and that they were identified as Dylan Redwine. The family has been notified.
A variety of items including bones were collected during a 5 day search of Middle Mountain Road.
Middle Mountain is located north and within sight of Vallecito Lake. The search area ranges from 8,000’ to 11,000’ altitude and consists of deep canyons and dense forest.