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.
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
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