DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 500 acres. The fire has crossed over the ridge to the west and is headed towards Lake Nighthorse. Two heavy helicopters and 2 heavy air tankers are ordered and en route.
DURANGO-The Airpark Fire, reported at noon today south of Durango, has grown to an estimated 125 acres. A pre-evacuation order has been put in place and reverse 911 call made to 146 residents in Trappers Crossing and areas northwest of the fire. The smoke column is quite visible from Durango.
A fire is burning about one mile southwest of the Animas Air Park outside of Durango and is estimated at about 10 acres.
The fire was first reported about noon, Sunday, July 22 and is burning in Pinon and Juniper on Southern Ute Indian Tribal Land. The fire is very active and is crowing and spotting, according to Ann Bond of the US Forest Service.
There are currently two crews and engines from Durango along with a Southern Ute Fire Department engine and a USFS Type III Helicopter working the fire, with an air tanker on order.
EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2012: Fire restrictions are lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest, as follows:
Higher Elevation (shown as Zone 2 on maps): Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest, which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.