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Several New Fire Starts July 3, 2013, 9:30 AM

DURANGO – Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch reports that firefighters responded to eight new lightning starts on public lands yesterday afternoon following thunderstorms across the unit.  All but one were contained/controlled at less than 1/10th of an acre or to single-tree fires. 

The North Rim Fire at Mesa Verde National Park was fully contained at one acre early this morning.  Yesterday’s initial attack on this very visible small fire included single-engine air tanker retardant drops and helicopter water drops. Mesa Verde National Park engine crews and two 20-person U.S. Forest Service crews also responded.  Crews worked all night and reported the fire contained today at 6 a.m.

To report a fire on public lands, please contact the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 970 385-1324 or call 911.