Firefighters desperate for change in weather

Firefighters desperate for change in weather

Fires may burn until July monsoons, officials say
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A hillside wildfire along Colorado Highway 149 west of Creede threatens homes on Monday. Firefighters were defending the small homes, the Wolf Creek Ski Area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire that has moved west of the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains. Firefighters are using passive firefighting techniques and hoping for break from early monsoons that would allow a more strategic assault on the backcountry blazes.
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Wade Steady and Ali Price, both from Colville, Wash., put up sprinklers to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch and other cabins from the West Fork Fire.
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Christopher Montecino from a Bureau of Land Management fire district out of Klamath Falls, Ore., helps clear trees to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch from the West Fork Fire.
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The West Fork Fire builds on Monday as seen from the east side of Wolf Creek Pass. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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The West Fork Fire builds on Monday. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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Members of the Colorado National Guard allow employees of Wolf Creek Ski Resort to pass through the road block at West Fork Road. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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The West Fork Fire builds on Shepp Mountain just west of Wolf Creek Pass on Monday. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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Christopher Montecino of the Lakeview BLM fire district out of Klamath Falls, Oregon helps clear trees to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch and other cabins in the West Fork area. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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Wade Steady and Ali Price from Colville, Washington put up sprinklers to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch and other cabins in the West Fork area. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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Craig Hinger, owner of Bruce Spruce Ranch, removes timber that fire fighters have cut from his property. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald
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The West Fork fire builds on Monday. ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald.
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"It looks like a warzone" said Bob Thompson about the Wolf Creek Complex Fire's afer taking pictures of the huge fire plume roaring above one of the many hot spots on the main fire near South Fork from his glider at about 17,000' looking east-northeast at about 3:40 pm on Sunday. Courtesy of Bob Thompson
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This photo was taken around 2:30 pm on Sunday and shows the wide area covered by the fire's. The many areas seemed to cover at least 25-30 miles along the mountainous area south of the Rio Grand, with at least one area appearing to be on the north side of the river.
Courtesy of Bob Thompson
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To help

The U.S. Forest Service offers these suggestions for those who would like to help firefighters on the West Fork Complex Fire.
Most appreciated:
Thank-you notes and banners.
Donations to Wildland Firefighter Foundation at...

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Alternate routes

U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 149 remain closed to traffic because of the West Fork Complex Fire.
Alternate route over Wolf Creek between Alamosa and Pagosa Springs: U.S. Highway 285 to Colorado Highway 17 (Cumbres/La Manga passes) to...

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