On Friday, June 22, a fire started south of Highway 160 just west of Mancos Hill in Montezuma County. The fire is burning on BLM and private property west of La Plata County and is currently moving north. At 12:30 p.m. today, it was estimated to be at 2,500 acres in size. There is a regional response with numerous pieces of equipment coming from surrounding communities and approximately 131 fire personnel working on the fire. Multiple agencies from the federal level down to local departments are on scene. A Type III management team has been called to manage operations.
Evacuations were made in Montezuma County, however no evacuations have been ordered in La Plata County. Residents in the area of C.R. 105 (Cherry Creek) have been informed of the situation by the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office who told them to be prepared for possible evacuation if the need arises.
For preparedness information and early information and updates on emergencies in progress, citizens can follow OEM on Twitter at: @LPC_OEM. To follow updates by text message without joining Twitter, just text “FOLLOW LPC_OEM” to 40404 on your cell phone and you will receive all updates posted by the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management by text message. Citizens can also follow the San Juan National Forest Twitter at: @SanJuanNF for additional updates.