EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2012: Fire restrictions are lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest, as follows:
Higher Elevation (shown as Zone 2 on maps): Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest, which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.
MANCOS, Colo. - Russ Reimers' Type 3 incident management organization will transition command of the Weber Fire back to the Tres Rios Field Office on Saturday, July 7. A majority of the firefighters will return to their home unit or will report to other fires on Friday, July 6.
MANCOS, Colo. - Today at 6 p.m., the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team C transferred command of the Weber Fire to a Type 3 organization with Russ Reimers as the Incident Commander. Upon the transfer, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team C indicated the Weber Fire was 85 percent contained and had burned 10,133 acres.
Patrol, mop up and rehabilitation operations are continuing with two helicopters available to assist hand crews. Evacuated homeowners were allowed to return home, and smoke is not as readily visible.
Escarpment: Burning on Ute Mountain Ute lands near Mesa Verde. Fire is estimated at 50 acres. Fire was contained 6/30 at 6:45 PM.
HD4: This fire which started 6/30 in Zabel Canyon in the HD Mountains on the San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District was fully contained today at6:45 PM. Firefighters will continue with mop-up.
Ponderosa: This fire started on S. Ute lands on 6/29. It was fully contained at 10 acres at 11:20 AM today.
MANCOS, Colo. - After two days of burnout operations on the northern perimeter of the Weber Fire, operations were effectively completed today. Today's activity removes a significant portion of the remaining heavy fuels that were of concern to fire officials. Officials report the fire size at 10,133 acres (15.8 square miles) and lists containment at 65 percent. Acreage by ownership is: BLM - 7,435 acres, Colorado State - 901 acres, and private property 1,797 acres.
HD4: A new fire in Zabel Canyon in the HD Mountains on the San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District. There are reports of spotting ¼ mile in front of the fire. There is currently one crew and one engine on the fire. Two SEATs, a helitanker, and heavy air tanker have been ordered to assist firefighters. The lightning-caused fire is estimated at 5-10 acres in size and no structures are threatened.
Fire Information Officer: Pam Wilson, 970-799-1179
Lightner Fire: The fire is burning on BLM and State lands 3.5 miles west of Durango. Estimated at 90 acres and 75% containment. One 20-person crew and one water tender are mopping up 1 chain (66 feet) in from perimeter. Some light smoke coming from interior. Residents may use County Road 208 but are asked to drive slowly and watch for fire traffic. Updates and photos are posted at www.inciweb.org.
MANCOS, Colo. - Fire managers will continue planned burnout operations on the Weber Fire today to burn fuels between the indirect containment lines and the active northeast edge of the fire. Yesterday's burnout operations were very successful; favorable conditions allowed firefighters to complete an estimated 500 acres. Team C Incident Commander Joe Lowe stated this morning: "We have completed a great deal of work and our job now is to finish strong and get residents back home safely."