Vallecito and Coal Creek Fire Update Nov 6 2012
Incident: Vallecito Wildfire
November 6, 2012
A dozer line was completed yesterday in Jack Creek on the south flank of the fire. Firefighters helped secure the line by burning fuels inside the perimeter of the dozer line. This will stop any new growth southward towards the and the private property in the Vallecito Reservoir area.
Fire continues on a northward trend in the general direction of Miller Mountain. Observed fire behavior is, creeping around on the ground and igniting heavier fuels that will sporadically put up highly visible columns of smoke. Fire is currently active north of Decker Spring.
Air reconnaissance and helicopter support is ongoing.
Vallecito Fire Information Officer
Coal Creek Fire Update
November, 6 2012 9 a.m.
The Coal Creek Fire, discovered Sunday afternoon, continues to burn approximately 7 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs entirely on National Forest lands in leaf litter. The cause of the fire is unknown, but is currently under investigation. The fire is burning approximately 1.5 miles northeast of private property and no structures are threatened at this time.
The Infrared flight Monday night estimates the fire at 66 acres. The fire continues to be monitored and suppressed by air support as needed. Crews are being utilized to assess suppression tactics, but are not currently building line due the steep rugged nature and inaccessibility of the terrain. Due the limited access, no line has been built, and there is currently no containment on the fire.
Some moisture is expected at the end of the week; however it is very important to remain cognizant of the hot dry conditions when utilizing fire in the backcountry.
Check for fire updates on the Archuleta County Emergency information site www.acemergency.org
Public Information Officer