Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Repeat Fire" Update

9:45 PM Crews were successfully able to defend the threatened homes from the advancing flames. No structures were damaged.The natural fuels growing close to the homes increased the threat to the homes on the rim of the arroyo. Crews from Fort Lewis Mesa, Upper Pine Fire and Durango Fire Rescue built lines where they could. La Plata County Road and Bridge sent a grader around the East rim of the fire behind the homes and graded access for the brush trucks to get close to the flames. The New Air Helicopter worked on hot spots.
The Upper Colorado River USFS Wildland Crew from Grand Junction will be working late into the night with Fort Lewis Mesa to hopefully complete the lines around the fire. Fire activity calmed considerably once the sun went down and crews have a good handle on things.
Tomorrow the Colorado River crew will return with several Fort Lewis Mesa brush trucks to mop up and extinguish hot spots. We don't expect to need air support to complete the mission and the homes are no longer threatened.

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