MANCOS, Colo. - Today, around 1 p.m., fire managers initiated the planned burnout operations on the Weber Fire. The goal was to burn the fuels between the indirect containment lines and the fire perimeter on the north edge safely. This tactic is being used with the expectation of keeping the fire from making a run and crossing the containment line and Highway 160.
Suppression resources assigned to the Little Sand Fire attacked two new fires Friday that resulted from Thursday's lightning storms in the area. One fire east of the Little Sand Fire near the confluence of O'Neal Creek and the Piedra River was contained at less than one acre by firefighters and one engine. A second fire was contained at six acres south of the Little Sand Fire near the confluence of First Fork Creek and the Piedra River by two heavy helicopters, crews and engines.
Lightner Fire: Due to rugged terrain and high temperatures, firefighters were unable to get the fire fully contained today. The 90-acre fire is estimated to be 75% contained. The fire will be turned over to a Type 4 Incident Commander on Saturday. One 20-person crew, one tactical water tender, and one safety officer will continue working on strengthening the containment line and extinguishing hot spots.
MANCOS, Colo. - The blanket of cooler, more humid air that has dampened activity at the Weber Fire for the last three days has lifted. Fuels are drying, which resulted in an increase in fire activity overnight. The fire was actively burning on the slopes below the communication site on the north end of the fire. Overnight, firefighters monitored fire activity while they continued to prepare for burnout operations.
The fire acreage held steady yesterday at 9,279 acres, with 45 percent containment.
UPDATE ON AREA WILDFIRES RESULTING FROM RECENT LIGHTNING STRIKES
Friday, July 29, 2012, 10:55 a.m.
DURANGO– The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that several small fires started by lightning strikes in the past few days are now contained and/or controlled. Three lightning strikes in the southern HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield are under control, and a small fire on Devil Mountain west of Pagosa Springs is reported out.
According to the Pine River Times, a fire broke out Thursday afternoon east of CR 334 in the southern edge of the HD Mountains. Two helicopters, slurry bombers and other planes attacked the blaze from the sky as ground crews tried to make their way up the steep terrain. After more than an hour of aerial attacks, the fire appeared to be diminishing. Los Pinos fire said they had a crew on the site, but jurisdiction has been transferred to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
An additional two 20-person crews were on scene today to help with building fire line on the Lightner Fire, bringing the total number of personnel to 90. The fire did become more active mid-afternoon and increased an additional five acres in size to 85 acres. The helicopter has assisted firefighters throughout the day with water drops as needed. An update on containment will not be available until this evening.
Non-residents are asked not to drive down County Road 208 due to the fire traffic on the road.
MANCOS, Colo. - Firefighters continue to make progress on containing the Weber Fire near Mancos, Colorado. More mop-up has been completed along burned areas on the fire perimeter, bringing the containment up to 35 percent. The acreage has been revised to 9,279 acres due to more accurate mapping. There was minimal fire growth yesterday.