Due to more cloud cover over the fires the West Fork Complex was less active today. However, warm, dry and windy conditions are predicted for the next few days which can increase fire intensity and growth potential. There are currently 256 people assigned to the fires.
West Fork Fire: The West Fork Fire moved slightly north today making some short runs up to the 11,000 foot level. On the southeast corner of the fire, moderate weather allowed firefighters to hold the backing fire in check by utilizing water drops from helicopters and on-the-ground firefighters.
Windy Pass Fire: There was minimal fire behavior on the Windy Pass Fire today. Firefighters continued to scout and identify areas suitable for effective fireline construction. In some of the identified areas, crews have begun line construction. Firefighters also continued structure protection efforts at Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Closures: There are no new closures today. The current closures are:
Roads: West Fork Road (NFSR 648) beyond West Fork Campground, Falls Creek Road (NFSR 039) and Wolf Creek Road (NSFR 725) (and all spur roads) on the south side of Highway 160.
- West Fork Trail, also known as Rainbow Hot Springs Trail #561
- Treasure Mountain Trail #565
- Windy Pass Trail #566
- Continental Divide Trail (#831) from its junction with the Middle Fork Trail (#589) east and south to its junction with the East Fork Road (NFSR 667) at Elwood Pass on the Rio Grande National Forest
- Lobo Overlook (at the top of Wolf Creek Pass)
Forest Service campgrounds at West Fork and East Fork remain open as do the private campgrounds in the West Fork area.
Maps and photos will be posted on the Archuleta County Emergency information site at: www.acemergency.org as they become available.