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.
As of 5:30 PM, the Lightner Fire was estimated at 60 acres. Retardant lines along the top and shoulders of Barnroof Mountain were holding well and the fire had not spread beyond the north side of Barnroof. A SEAT and two helicopters worked the fire until about 7:30 PM. There were two 20-person crews building containment line along the lower portions of the fire but no estimate of containment was available. A light rain began falling around 7:00 and the humidity level was up to 45% which should moderate fire behavior.
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.
Overall activity was quiet today. Incident Operations reported some light moisture over the fire and generally cooler conditions. On the southwest perimeter, fire has begun to move west of the Davis Creek drainage into an area previously treated with prescribed burns. It remains north of the Piedra River.
Resources assigned to the Little Sand Fire assisted the San Juan National Forest with response to two very small fires caused by last night's lightning activity.
The Columbine Ranger District, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, Colorado, will be open this Saturday, June 30th, from 10 am to 4 pm to offer fire information and updates on closures, campgrounds, etc, in the area. Sales of permits or interpretive materials will not be offered. Residents and visitors with questions are invited to stop by.
The Lightner Creek Fire is now estimated at 80 acres. Durango Fire and Rescue Chief Dan Noonan reports that the slurry line at the top is holding well, but there is growth at mid slope and to the north. The fire is burning on private property on the side of Barnroof Mountain near CR 208 (Dry Fork Road).
Lightner Creek Fire is located 1.5 mi up from the junction of County Roads 207 (Lightner Creek)/208 (Dry Fork). Two helicopters and a single engine airtanker are working to keep the fire from spreading uphill. Pre-evacuation orders for 60 homes on CR 207/208. Durango Zone Interagency Type III Team on scene, engines from Durango Fire and Rescue, Upper Pine and Fort Lewis Mesa. CR 207/208 are closed. Still estimated at 25 acres.
According to Fire Chief Dan Noonan, Durango Fire and Rescue has responded to a blaze west of Durango, off Lightner Creek Road, on County Road 208. The fire is burning on private land and the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area. Noonan says the fire has already burned approximately 30 acres, and wind is pushing the fire west. Noonan says over 20 fire engines have already responded to the blaze, and air support is being diverted from the Weber Fire. A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for residents on County Road 207 and 208. We will have more information on this fire as it becomes avail