VALLEY — The U.S. Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest reported a few small fires this week, all of which had been contained by Friday night.
A small, lightening caused fire was reported on the Conejos Peak District on July 4th. It was named the Poso Fire and it was burning the understory (duff) in a Ponderosa Pine stand. Fire behavior was moderate. The fire was contained that same evening at approximately half acre in size.
Multiple engines including Capulin Volunteer Fire Department responded. San Luis Valley Interagency engines worked to contain the Poso Fire with the help of a helicopter dropping water on the area. Those engines returned to the area the following morning to ensure the fire was completely out.
Two new fires started Thursday night in the Conejos Peak District, also as a result of lightning strikes, one confirmed lightning strike and the other probably a lightning strike. One of the July 5th fires was located south of Alamosa campground, and the other was near Jacob’s Hill.
Interagency engines were out all night Thursday and continued to assess the situation and suppress the starts on Friday, July 6.
By mid-afternoon Friday the fire near Alamosa Campground had been contained at .1 acres. The Jacob’s Hill fire was also contained at .1 acres by late Friday afternoon.