Durango update on fires started by lightening

June 29th, 2012 at 11:01 am by under Wildfires

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that several small fires started by lightning strikes in the past few days are now contained and/or controlled. Three lightning strikes in the southern HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield are under control, and a small fire on Devil Mountain west of Pagosa Springs is reported out.

A Pagosa Ranger District initial attack crew is responding this morning to a smoke report north of Pagosa Springs on the San Juan National Forest.

The Escarpment Fire on Ute Mountain Ute land near Cortez is 30 percent contained at 26 acres (better mapping has revised earlier acreage estimates). Thirty firefighters are building fire line and helicopters making water drops.

Updates will be issued separately on the status of the Lightner, Weber and Little Sand fires.

Lightning strikes often smolder for several days and flare up with warm temperatures and/or high winds. Report smoke on private land by calling 911; report smoke on public lands to Durango Interagency Dispatch at 970-385-1324.

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