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Homes at Lake Vista Vallecito on Pre-evacuation Notice

Oct 17, 2012

Durango – October 17, 2012, 5:30 pm.- About 20 homes have been placed pre-evacuation notice in the Lake Vista Estates subdivision due to the Vallecito Fire, which is now estimated at 200 to 250 acres.

Homes at Vallecito, East Canyon Threatened by Wildfires

Oct 17, 2012

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. 

Firefighters Responding to Fire at Vallecito

Oct 16, 2012

DURANGO – October 16, 2012, 2:20 pm - Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch reports several new wildfires, apparently the result of lightning holdovers from last Friday, when the area received 9,800 ground strikes during a storm that resulted in little moisture.  The most active fire at this time is the Vallecito Fire, which is estimated at 40 to 50 acres about one mile west of the southern end of Vallecito Reservoir up Jack Creek in the National Forest.  The fire was reported at noon today; its origin is not known but suspected to be lightning that has been smoldering since la

Progress on the Air Park fire and two new fire starts

Jul 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012 8 pm

Firefighters continued to make good progress on the Air Park fire and yesterday’s fire starts. There were only two new fire starts today, one in Montezuma County and one in Archuleta County.

La Plata County Fires:

Firefighters continue to monitor several small fire starts

Jul 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:30 AM

Firefighters made good progress on yesterday’s lightning starts, as follows:

North Fire:  100% contained by Durango Fire & Rescue Authority at about 9:30 last night. The fire was located on the Taylor Ranch property in Durango Hills, approximately .2 acre

Cutoff Fire:  100% contained, located on BLM land SE of Helen’s Store and west of Enchanted Forest Estates, approximately .25 acre

Several new fires start in SW Colorado

Jul 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9PM

Durango - Firefighters and aircraft have been working several new fire starts in southwest Colorado Wednesday afternoon; seven in La Plata County and one each in Archuleta and Montezuma Counties. Three of the fires in La Plata County were located along the County Road 240 corridor:

North:located on the Taylor Ranch property in Durango Hills, approximately .2 acre

Cutoff:  located on BLM land SE of Helen’s Store and west of Enchanted Forest Estates, approximately .25 acre

Rainfall assists firefighters of the Air Park Fire

Jul 24, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:00 AM

Durango -  Late-day rainfall on Monday decreased fire activity across much of the Air Park Fire area. Firefighters came off the fire beginning around 6:00 PM due to the rain. Growth was very moderate yesterday and the fire is now 5% contained.  The fire has burned 499 acres; 405 acres of S. Ute land and 94 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land.

Air Park Fire Update

Jul 23, 2012

Durango - Monday, July, 23, 9 AM

As of 7:00 PM Sunday night the Air Park Fire was measured at 514 acres. The fire burned through the night but did not make any significant runs. A very small amount of precipitation fell over the fire last night. The fire has been backing down the ridge towards Basin Creek. There is no containment on the fire. 

Airpark Fire now estimated at 500 acres

Jul 22, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 6:15 p.m.

DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 500 acres. The fire has crossed over the ridge to the west and is headed towards Lake Nighthorse. Two heavy helicopters and 2 heavy air tankers are ordered and en route.

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 5:15 p.m.

DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 125 acres. A pre-evacuation order has been put in place and reverse 911 call made to 146 residents in Trappers Crossing and areas northwest of the fire. The smoke column is quite visible from Durango.

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