CURRENT FIRE UPDATE, – Campgrounds reopen!
This is one of the county’s fire fighting trucks, a big truck!
Little Sand Fire Evening Update – Tuesday June 5, 2012
Pagosa Springs, CO – The Little Sand Fire experienced increased fire activity as expected on the southwest side of the fire as it moved into Yankee bowl where isolated torching caused an increase in visible smoke.
The northeast corner of the fire was fairly quiet, with some visible smoke in the Trail Creek area as it continues to back down to Trail Creek. Crews are in position and continue working where they can, to access the fire. Structure protection remains in place and can be used if needed. The northwest and southeast corners are still being monitored.
The Type 3 team has ordered the Unaweep Wildland Fire Module out of Grand Junction, CO, who will return tomorrow.
*Palisades, Teal, and Cimarrona Campgrounds opened today. Bridge Campground will remain closed. *
Remaining closures of roads, trails and campgrounds can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/LittleSandClosures which will be updated later today.
Contact: Brandy Richardson, PIO
Recorded Message: 970.264.4731
Posted by Archuleta Emergency Management at 5:32 PM
Posted by Archuleta Emergency Management at 11:18 AM
Pagosa Springs, CO
– Much of the risk associated with the Little Sand Fire has greatly reduced. Fire containment is at 20%. Crews have completed structure protection, as well as line on the east side of the fire down to Trail Creek. Crews completed line around the spot on the northeast corner and tied in line to the main fire. Possible thunderstorm activity is expected for the area today, which could bring shifting winds, affecting fire behavior.
Crews will monitor and hold the line around the spot east of Trail Creek that is now incorporated into the main fire. Increased smoke may be visible at times when the fire reaches unburned fingers as it backs down to Trail Creek. The area along the Piedra River has cooled some. Crews will continue to monitor completed line along the Piedra River and Sand Creek, as well at the northwest corner of the fire which hasn’t grown much. Crews will continue to hold and improve line on the lower end of Trail Creek. The structure group will continue to clean up completed protection areas.
Closures of roads, trails and campgrounds can be found at:
Fire stats at a glance:
: May 13th, 2012
: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS
(1) Type 1, 2, and 3 Helicopter, Air Attack, and Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)
21 and additional outbuildings
Cost to date
The “Support Beast” for the fire fighting effort has moved into Pagosa Springs. The term “beast” is used to mean any large group that moves about the country ready land on a site and do its job.
The area just south of the high school is being consumed by the fire support effort. Tents are blooming over the hillside.
Looking down the Piedra River from the lookout along the road.
Looking over the south end of Poma Ranch.
A huge thank you from Pagosa Springs to all the fire fighters, other workers and volunteers helping with this important effort.
Little Sand Fire Update
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Approximately 60 firefighters, 1 dozer, and 2 helicopters, as well as overhead personnel, are now assigned to the fire.
Fire managers hope to be able to do a reconnaissance flight of the fire area Sunday when the smoke lifts. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and should start arriving on Sunday. The team was ordered due to the increase in size and complexity of the fire. Another community meeting for south Hinsdale County residents was held Sunday at the Sportsmen’s Lodge.
The lightning-caused fire was first detected on May 13th. Until today, fire behavior had been very moderate as the fire burned through dead and down material on the forest floor.
The following closures remain in effect: The Lower Weminuche Trail #595 and Little Sand Trail #591 remain closed. The Piedra River Trail #596 is also closed from Piedra River Trailhead at its northern terminus down river to Sand Creek. To provide for public and firefighter safety, the Forest Service has also instituted a closure for the area north and west of the Piedra Trail up to the Mosca Road.
For additional information about the fire, contact Fire Information Officer Pam Wilson at 970-799-2926 or Brandy Richardson at (970) 264-1530.
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Public Information Officer
Pagosa Ranger District