Firefighters tangle with 5 area wildfires

Burns Fire has consumed almost 170 acres

Firefighters Monday were battling or mopping up five lightning-sparked blazes from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde.

The Burns Fire is the most active, Ann Bond, a public relations specialist with the San Juan National Forest, said Monday. Its about 170 acres but the retardant lines are holding.

The fire is about 12 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs.

Three crews of 20 members each one of them a hot-shot team were on the ground. They were supported by two single-engine air tankers and one heavy air tanker.

Eight smokejumpers who spent the night on the Buck Fire in the Hermosa Creek drainage north of Durango were mopping up Monday.

The fire, which was reported after 4 p.m. Sunday, was held to 1 acre, Bond said.

The Hoof Fire on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation south of Mesa Verde National Park, the Park Point Fire in the park itself and the Sleeping Fire on Sleeping Ute Mountain were not active Monday.

daler@durangoherald.com

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