Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Repeat Fire" Burning Near CR135

Around 4:30 this afternoon, a fire broke out in an arroyo on the west side of the 1100 block of County Road 135. The fire burned across the arroyo and began up the east side toward 3 homes and several outbuildings. Fort Lewis Mesa Fire's primary goal has been to protect the homes first. Over 10 trucks (brush trucks, brush tankers and engines) are working on the fire. A grader and backhoe are building fire lines. NewAir helicopter is dropping water buckets and La Plata County Road and Bridge has two water trucks tending to the fire equipment. Approximately 20-25 personnel are attacking the fire at this time.
A Type II Interagency 20 person crew should be on scene momentarily.
The fire is approximately 5-6 acres and is actively burning in sage brush and juniper. Three residences are threatened. 8mph winds are pushing the fire NE towards the homes.

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