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