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SW Colorado Fire Update

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:30 pm

As of 5:30 PM, the Lightner Fire was estimated at 60 acres. Retardant lines along the top and shoulders of Barnroof Mountain were holding well and the fire had not spread beyond the north side of Barnroof.  A SEAT and two helicopters worked the fire until about 7:30 PM. There were two 20-person crews building containment line along the lower portions of the fire but no estimate of containment was available. A light rain began falling around 7:00 and the humidity level was up to 45% which should moderate fire behavior.

Though the immediate threat to homes has lessened greatly, Durango Fire & Rescue Authority notified residents in the area that they would remain under a pre-evacuation notice until 3:00 PM Thursday. An engine will patrol County Road 208 tonight to watch for spot fires.

The Escarpment Fire, burning near Mesa Verde, was estimated at 50 acres. Firefighters will not be on the fire overnight, but approximately 30 firefighters will be on scene tomorrow.

Firefighters responded to 20 new fires today across southwest Colorado. Many were just single trees burning after being hit by lightning, but several got larger like the Lake Nighthorse 1.7 acres), Escarpment, and Lightner Fires.

Contact:  Fire Information Officer Pam Wilson, 970-799-1179

Durango Interagency Dispatch

San Juan National Forest * Bureau of Land Management * National Parke Service

Colorado State Forest Service * Bureau of Indian Affairs

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