The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that southwestern Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning today with predictions of dry lightning storms, low chance of precipitation and low humidity levels.
Dolores - The Roatcap Fire, which was earlier referenced as the Simon Draw Fire, is now estimated at 100 acres and heading northeast. Reports are that 100 homes, high-voltage power lines and a Colorado Department of Transportation storage facility are threatened in the area. The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center has ordered two type 2 firefighting crews (in addition to the type 1 hotshot crew en route from the Vallecito Fire), an initial air attack crew, a type 1 helicopter, single engine air tanker and heavy air tanker. It is unknown how many of these resources will be available
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