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Sand Creek Fire, Pagosa Springs: Updates

June 30, 2020: Sunday and Monday’s Winds Increase Sand Creek Fire Acreage

Current Situation: The Sand Creek Fire has grown to 88 acres. An infrared flight on Monday mapped the increased acreage that occurred on Sunday. The fire’s growth was primarily on the northwest corner, as the fire crept uphill through heavy fuels.

On Monday, gusty winds over the fire kept the fire creeping through heavy fuels, but little smoke was produced. The fire remains in the Little Sand Fire scar moving through heavy dead and downed fuels. On Tuesday, firefighters will utilize Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to monitor the fire’s progression and validate safe possibilities if directly engaging the fire becomes an option.

Tuesday will be Team Black’s last day on the Sand Creek Fire. The fire will be turned back to the local unit and a Type 4 team, led by Incident Commander Jon Freeman from the Columbine Ranger District, will take command of the fire on Tuesday evening at 10 p.m.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A dry cold front brings cooler temperatures and partly cloudy skies on Tuesday. As the front passes through the area, winds are expected to gust 25-28 mph. Temperatures will range in the low 70s. A Fire Weather Warning and a Red Flag Warning have been issued for the area until 8 pm.

Evacuations and Closures: A forest closure remains in effect around the fire area. The full text and a map of the closure can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6790/. The Piedra River Trail (596), Little Sand Creek Trail (591), Lower Weminuche Trail (595), Coldwater Trail (597), and Coldwater Stock Trail (598) are all presently open. The Sand Creek Trail (593) and North Ridge Trail (594) are the only trails that are closed at this time. Mosca Road, NFSR 631 is also closed within the fire area. NFSR 631 east of the fire area is restricted to local traffic only. Please see today’s map for the extent of the Mosca Road closures and restrictions.

Smoke Outlook: Air quality jumped into the Moderate category for a couple of hours around midnight Monday-Tuesday, and returned to Good within an hour. Continued increased afternoon fire activity can be expected to generate smoke that will impact air quality. Smoke from fires in Arizona, Utah, and now Nevada continues to be pushed into western/southwestern Colorado, and may be noticed more as southwest winds push it through the area at higher elevations.

Today’s smoke outlook will be the last produced for the Sand Creek Fire. Questions and concerns regarding air quality and smoke may be directed to the Pagosa Ranger District, at 970-264-2268, or email at PagosaRD@usda.gov.

Fire Restrictions: Fire danger across the region is rated as extreme. Fire restrictions are in place on the San Juan National Forest. Archuleta County and Hinsdale County have both enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sand Creek Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

 

For More Information:                                                                                       

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6790

Facebook: facebook.com/2020SandCreekFire

Twitter: twitter.com/sanjuannf

Location: Approximately 20 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO

Sand Creek Fire Statistics:

Size:  88 acres

Containment:  0%

Total Personnel:  163

Cause: Lightning

 

 

 

June 29, 2020

Sand Creek Fire More Active on Sunday But No Growth Detected

Current Situation: Weekend storms and breezy weather increased fire activity on the Sand Creek Fire, creating more smoke than was seen late last week. The fire continues smoldering in the heavy fuels, slowly “cleaning up” the numerous fallen trees left from the 2012 Little Sand Fire. The Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control Multi-Mission Aircraft mapped the fire yesterday and found some heat within the fire’s perimeter but did not detect measurable growth. On Monday, firefighters will continue monitoring the Sand Creek Fire as it is expected to continue smoldering in the heavy fuels.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today, clouds will break slightly around 10 am. Winds will increase throughout the day, becoming gusty over the fire in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to hover in the upper 70s and humidity will settle around 15 percent.

Evacuations and Closures: A forest closure is in effect around the fire area. The full text and a map of the closure can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6790/. The Piedra River Trail (596), Little Sand Creek Trail (591), Lower Weminuche Trail (595), Coldwater Trail (597), and Coldwater Stock Trail (598) are all presently open. The Sand Creek Trail (593) and North Ridge Trail (594) are the only trails that are closed at this time. Mosca Road, NFSR 631 is also closed within the fire area. NFSR 631 east of the fire area is restricted to local traffic only. Please see today’s map for the extent of the Mosca Road closures and restrictions.

Smoke Outlook: Yesterday’s increased fire activity produced a bit more smoke, and migrated down canyon along the Piedras River in the overnight hours. Air quality moved into the Moderate category for a couple of hours around midnight, and retuned to Good within an hour. Increased fire activity can be expected to generate smoke that will impact air quality. Smoke from fires in Arizona and Utah continues to push into western/southwestern Colorado, and may be noticed as slight haze. As always, if you smell smoke, you're breathing smoke. Take actions to avoid smoke exposure especially if you're sensitive. Information on air quality and a smoke forecast for the area can be found at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/SWColorado.

Fire Restrictions: Fire danger across the region is rated as extreme. Fire restrictions are in place on the San Juan National Forest. Archuleta County and Hinsdale County have both enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sand Creek Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

For More Information:                                                                               

InciWeb:          https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6790

Facebook:        facebook.com/2020SandCreekFire

Twitter:            twitter.com/sanjuannf

Location:          Approximately 20 miles northwest of Pagosa, CO

Sand Creek Fire Statistics:

Size:  71 acres

Containment:  0%

Total Personnel:  198

Cause: Lightning

 

June 22, 2020

Sand Creek Fire Slowed by Retardant Drops

Pagosa Springs, Colo., June 22, 2020 – Large air tankers made 15 retardant drops over the Sand Creek Fire Sunday and a VLAT, Very Large Air Tanker, made one drop as well, effectively slowing the spread of the fire. It is now estimated at 60 acres. The retardant will buy firefighters time to develop tactics to successfully contain the fire in the days ahead. One hundred ten people are now working on the fire. “This is very difficult ground for firefighting,” says Incident Commander trainee Tracy Milakovic, “and we need to carefully assess where we can most safely and effectively engage.” Hotshot crews and Wildland Fire Modules, another type of specialized firefighting team, are in the area and working to identify the best places to construct fire lines, as well as monitoring the fire’s behavior and movement.

Heavy equipment has been ordered to assist in creating fire lines and a second heavy lift helicopter will be in service today to drop buckets of water to further slow this fire. The fire is burning in the Sand Creek drainage about 21 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire is within an area previously burned durin in 2012 and there are many dead trees that are available to burn now.

Smoke from this fire is visible to the north from US Highway 160 between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield. The public does not need to report that smoke. Fire danger remains very high and fire restrictions are in place on the San Juan National Forest.

Additional incident information on the Sand Creek Fire is being posted daily to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6790/.

All offices on the San Juan National Forest are currently conducting business and providing services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970 ) 247-4874, visit the forest website , or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).

-USDA-

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