Three small fires were burning Monday evening in Southwest Colorado.
A helicopter and single-engine air tanker were dropping retardant on the 7- to 10-acre Disappointment Fire, near the Benchmark Lookout outside Dolores. Several fire engines were also on the scene.
The fire was reported about 2 p.m. Monday, said Kit Kemsley, Interagency Dispatch Center manager.
The cause is under investigation, she said. It could be lightning, but its near a road, so it could be human-caused, too.
A crew has been called in, and the engines will be back at the fire today, Kemsley said.
It is drying out up there, and the wind was blowing up there, too, she said. Well be keeping a close eye on it.
In an effort to minimize future fire danger, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management on Monday was overseeing a 10-acre controlled burn northeast of Arboles.
Called the Payan Fire, it was burning in ponderosa pine and juniper trees at an elevation of about 7,500 feet.
The burn area is bordered by roads and areas previously subjected to controlled burns.
Smoke may be seen in the Piedra River corridor as well as in Arboles and Allison.
A separate fire in the Hermosa Creek drainage was being handled by firefighters from the San Juan National Forests Columbine District.
The fire, reported Sunday afternoon, is believed to have been ignited by lightning. It was thought to be about one-tenth of an acre and had not grown by Monday night.
The fire is on a ridgeline above the Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail. The trail is expected to remain open.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Herald Staff Writer Ann Butler contributed to this report.