Congratulations to Jay Lancaster for winning the feature item at KSUT's 19th Annual Member Party and Silent Auction; a custom handmade stand-up paddle board from San Juan Timberwrights. This handmade SUP is 14 feet long and 30" wide at it's widest spot. It is constructed of mahogany and fiberglass with a tough marine varnish. The board is hollow so it is quite light and has a breathing tube installed so heat expansion is automatically controlled. It features handmade fins (skags), custom inlaid tail piece, foam deck pads and bungee cord storage on the deck.
Two 20-person hotshot crews continue to monitor, improve dozer lines and conduct mop-up operations on the Vallecito Fire. Crews have completed dozer line between the fire and populated areas. The fire is holding steady at 222 acres with 25 percent containment. Firefighters will remain onsite to monitor the fire’s behavior and call for aircraft as needed. A type 3 helicopter and single engine air tanker are available, if needed.
Firefighters completed dozer line south of Hummingbird Lane today; it extends all the way from County Road 501 up to the Freeman Park road. The hotshot crews felled snags along the dozer line to increase the defensibility of the line. A helicopter made a few bucket drops on the west side this afternoon as the fire made a small push against the line when the wind increased. The fire is holding steady at 222 acres and 25% containment.
The Vallecito Fire was remapped this morning at 222 acres; it is now 25% contained. Firefighters continued to strengthen the dozer line along the southern end of the fire. They also completed most of the dozer line south of Hummingbird Lane, providing a defensive fire break on the north side of the fire. The line should be completed Sunday afternoon. There is still some smoke coming from hot spots inside the fire’s perimeter. Helicopters continued dropping water on hot spots near the perimeter.
Thursday night’s infrared flight measured the Vallecito fire at 201 acres.
Two heavy airtankers and two helicopters will be available to assist firefighters today with retardant and water drops as needed. The 20-person Zuni initial attack crew was released this morning and is being reassigned to the Little East fire.
Today, firefighters will be looking for an area near Ho Hum Drive and Hummingbird Lane where they can build some indirect line in the event the fire was to move north.
Firefighters made good progress on the Vallecito Fire Thursday. The fire is estimated at 230 acres and is now 5% contained. An infrared flight tonight will provide a more accurate acreage as well as help pinpoint hot spots.
Durango – October 18, 2012, 10:30 am - Air resources - including heavy air tankers, single engine air tankers and helicopters - have been ordered to help fight area wildfires. Weather permitting, these could be arriving by late morning. The Vallecito Fire is burning about one mile west of Vallecito Reservoir in the San Juan National Forest and has been threatening the Lake Vista Estates subdivision on the west side of Vallecito Reservoir. The Vallecito Fire is estimated at 200 to 250 acres. The Little East Fire, estimated at 80 to 100 acres, is burning on private and BL
Durango – October 17, 2012, 5:30pm - The Vallecito Fire was pushed by winds back towards the reservoir this afternoon and is directly threatening homes in the Lakeview Estates subdivision. Firefighting resources from around La Plata County have responded for structure protection. The Upper Pine Fire District plans a community meeting at 7 pm at the Outpost near the Shank House for Vallecito residents. A USFS bulldozer working on fire line earlier today had to be pulled back, and a Red Flag Alert is not allowing for direct air or ground attack.