Big rain allows Burro Fire teams to prepare for new week

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Big rain allows Burro Fire teams to prepare for new week

‘They are doing what firefighters do ... cleaning up gear and enjoying the break’
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: 3,715 acres, with 12 percent containment as of Sunday morning (no new infrared flight). The fire is expected to burn for weeks. Containment is projected for July 15.


What’s next: Create secure containment lines on the west and south sides of the fire to keep it from Colorado Highway 145 and the Haycamp Mesa and Transfer Park areas. A bulldozer has cleared a line along with hand crews and is preparing for back-burns. 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; Mancos State Park is partially closed; Lone Dome and Fish Creek state wildlife areas are closed.


Firefighters: Managed by a Type 1 crew in Dolores along with the larger 416 Fire north of Durango. A total of 152 personnel are fighting the fire at the scene and from the command center in Dolores.


Weather: Cloudy, with light rain on Saturday; chance of rain Sunday. Winds 5-15 mph.


Cost: $1.1 million as of June 16.


The Journal

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Big rain allows Burro Fire teams to prepare for new week

Members of the Pike Hotshots remove deadfall from the edge of a fire line.
The Burro Fire operations map for June 17. The hashed line represents the completed bulldozer line.
A Pike Hotshot, from Colorado Springs, bucked a downed tree Friday on a Burro Fire containment line.
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