Burro Fire grows to 3,400 acres; rainfall expected

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Burro Fire grows to 3,400 acres; rainfall expected

Fire jumps Forest Road 561 to south, moves northeast

Images from the edge of the Burro Fire.

At a glance

The Burro Fire, named for a nearby mountain, started June 8 and burns 5 miles up the Bear Creek drainage east of Dolores.

Size of fire: 3,400 acres, with no containment as of Thursday morning. It is expected to burn for weeks. Containment is projected for July 15.

What’s next: Create containment lines on the west and south sides of the fire to keep it from CO. 145 and the Haycamp and Transfer Park areas. A bulldozer crew is working to clear a line along with hand crews. Firefighters were scouting for containment opportunities along the north and west sides of the fire.

Closures: The San Juan National Forest is closed to recreation, effective Tuesday. Mancos State Park is partially closed.

Firefighters: Managed by a Type 1 crew in Dolores along with the larger 416 Fire north of Durango. More than 200 personnel are battling the Burro Fire.

Weather: Cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday and Friday. Rain predicted for Saturday.

The Journal

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