Small fire burning in Del Norte area

UPDATE: Fire has been contained


DEL NORTE — A small wildland fire, named the Hubba Fire, is burning about seven miles southwest of Del Norte. The 1.8 acre fire was started by lightning and is burning in a mixed conifer forest west of Schrader Creek. Smoke from the fire may be visible from U.S. Highway 160 and County Road 14.

A Type 6 engine (300 gallon) and crew with the San Luis Valley Interagency Wildland Fire Management Unit is currently on the scene evaluating the safest, most effective means for managing the fire. As always, firefighter safety is the number one priority. No structures or private property are threatened.

The Forest Service urges the public to avoid flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drones over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations.

The Rio Grande National Forest wants to remind residents and visitors that lightning-caused wildland fires often occur this time of year. Fires may be reported by calling 911 or Pueblo Dispatch at 719-553-1600.

For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.

UPDATE: The fire has been 100 percent contained.