East Canyon Fire, West of Durango Updates
June 22, 2020: East Canyon Fire Updates
Location: Approximately two miles southeast of Mancos, Colorado
Started: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Fire size today: 2,905 acres
Structures Lost: 0
362 firefighters total: 10 crews, 15 engines, 6 pieces of heavy equipment
A full complement of air resources is available in the fire area, and aircraft are ordered as needed.
La Plata County:
Call 970- 385-8700 or Follow @LaPlataCounty on Facebook
Call Cortez Dispatch at 970-565-8441 or @MontezumaCountyColorado on Facebook
No closures anticipated to Highway 160. Travelers can check road status at www.COTrip.org or by calling 511 or 303-639-1111.
Temporary Flight Restriction-
Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team
Firefighters continued to make good progress on securing containment lines on the East Canyon fire. Containment is now at 79%. The north and east sides of the fire (Divisions A and E) are fully contained. There was no change in acres.
Two engines patrolled the area until night and observed limited fire activity.
As fire activity slows down some crews, engines, and aircraft are being reassigned to other incidents or released. The fire will transition to a Type 3 organization on Wednesday at 6:00 AM.
Firefighters will continue to seek out and extinguish hot spots on the south and west sides of the fire’s perimeter.
Firefighters have begun cleanup operations like pulling flagging and backhauling trash, and where appropriate, will begin some rehabilitation efforts. These efforts include items like building waterbars along hand line and dozer line, and eventually pulling brush back over these lines to assist with erosion control.
Aircraft remain available to support firefighters as needed.
Fire Conditions and Weather
A Red Flag Warning is once again in effect from noon until 9:00 PM and critical fire weather conditions remain with high temperatures and lower relative humidity levels dominating the area. Winds will generally be out of the west/northwest with occasional gusts of 25-30 mph.
Incident information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6776
Twitter: @EastCanyonFire #EastCanyonFire
Phone: 970-335-9664 Hours: 8am –8pm
June 18, 2020: East Canyon Fire evacuations downgraded to pre-evacuation status
All La Plata County residences that were under evacuation orders due to the East Canyon Fire will now shift to pre-evacuation status.
This includes homes in the Cherry Creek area along County Road 105 and
from Mancos Hill east to the Target Tree Campground. Residents can return home, but remain prepared to leave with little notice should significant fire activity resume. Pre-evacuation orders for both sides of U.S. Highway 160 from Target Tree Campground to Mile Marker 66 – approximately 3 miles east of the
U.S. Highway 160/County Road 105 intersection – remain in place. County Road 105, or Cherry Creek Road, is open only to residents and fire-fighting traffic Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue is serving as incident command for the East Canyon Fire.
For fire information, please follow @eastcanyonfire on Facebook. For additional information,including evacuation, sheltering and road closure information, please follow @LaPlataCounty on Facebook.
JUNE 17, 2020
Where is the fire?
The East Canyon Fire is approximately 20 miles west of Durango, spanning the La Plata-Montezuma county line. The fire was sparked by lightning Saturday, starting on private land then moving on to BLM land.
Will the fire grow?
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for both Monday and Tuesday with gusty winds possible both days. Resources currently battling the East Canyon Fire include a Very Large Airtanker (VLAT), two air tankers, and two Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs). Approximately 60 firefighters are currently on scene and more resources will be arriving throughout the day. Due to the extreme drought conditions facing Southwest Colorado, fire managers have been requesting and coordinating extra resources for several weeks to increase their ability to quickly respond to fires.
No, Durango is open for business and welcoming visitors. Durango is 20 miles west of the fire, and businesses and activities in the Durango area have not been affected by the East Canyon Fire. There is visible smoke to the west of town, but there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy summer in and around Durango. Area residents and travelers should remain alert to emergency announcements. La Plata County is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, so please be considerate of fire restrictions while you are visiting.
Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke
If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your area, smoke has reached unhealthy levels. https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx
Are there any closures due to the fire?
The Elk Springs subdivision in Montezuma County (Road 46 and G.3) is under mandatory evacuation. The Cherry Creek road in La Plata County is also being evacuated.
Where can I get more information?
- For questions on the fire, call the La Plata County Fire hotline: (970) 385-8700
- BLM - Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit: (970) 240-1070, and follow https://twitter.com/SWD_Fire or https://www.facebook.com/BLMMontroseFireUnit/
- To sign up for Reverse 911 emergency notifications for your area - copy and paste the link: http://www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency
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