An attended campfire along the Dolores River about one mile upstream from the Bradfield Bridge that turned into a 150-acre wildfire Saturday was fully contained Monday afternoon.
The perimeter is secured, Scott McDermid, fire management officer for the Dolores Public Lands Office, said Monday. With the precipitation we expect later this week, the fire will be fully controlled.
The fire started about 1 p.m. on what the National Weather Service had designated as a Red Flag Day a period when open fires present a high fire danger.
There was almost no moisture or snowpack left at middle or lower elevations, McDermid said in a news release.
This human-caused fire escaped and erupted into a wildfire almost immediately, he said.
The campers whose fire created the inferno can be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire, McDermid said.
Fifty firefighters from the Pleasant View and Dolores County fire departments, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Mesa Verde National Park,fought the fire over the weekend.
The fire burned and killed a grove of large cottonwoods and continued through timber up a north-facing slope, McDermid said.
From U.S. Highway 491, Bradfield Bridge is about five miles east of Cahone, which is 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek in Dolores County.