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Fires grow nearer to containment

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013




RIO GRANDE/MINERAL COUNTY — Nearing 70 percent containment, the West Fork Complex Fire is settling down, sending the Type 1 management team home.

On Sunday night, the Colorado Interagency Team III assumed command of the fire that has been burning since June 5, according to the incident report. On site resources now include one Type-1 hand crews, one Type-2 hand crews, five engines, six water tenders, two Type-3 helicopters and 13 overhead personnel.

The Papoose fire is the only fire on the complex that is currently staffed, according to the incident report. The other fires will continue to be monitored by air and appropriate action will be taken as needed. Two Type 3 helicopters remain dedicated to monitoring and, when needed, will provide bucket drops and other fire support for the WFCF.



Current situation, Monday, July 15

Papoose Fire, 49,628 acres

There is scattered interior heat on the fire that continues to be monitored. Crews will be working to fell dead and damaged trees along popular travel routes, including the River Hill campground.



West Fork Fire, 58,570 acres, and Windy Pass Fire, 1,417 acres

There are very minimal areas of heat and smoke on this part of the fire. The fires will be monitored and appropriate action will be taken as needed.



Public Health and Safety:

Visible smoke is expected across parts of the fire for the next several days to weeks. The rain and winds have gone a long way towards clearing the air. For the Colorado Smoke Outlook, visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx or http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for more information.



Area Road and Trail Closures:

For information on road and trail closures and fire restrictions affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

For information on road and trail closures and fire restrictions affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/riogrande/.
















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