Here is what you need to know about the Burro Fire

The Daily Times Staff
The Burro Fire has grown to nearly 3,000 acres. This photo was taken June 8 from mile marker 53 on Highway 160 by a U.S. Forest Service employee when the fire was estimated at just 300 acres.

The Burro Fire was reported on June 8, and has burned virtually unchecked in steep terrain. Much smaller than the nearby 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, the same fire managers at the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team are fighting both blazes.

How big is the Burro Fire?

The fire has burned nearly 3,000 acres as of this morning since starting June 8 in an area between Dolores and Rico, Colorado.

Outlook for Thursday

The U.S. Forest Service expects strong winds and thunderstorms to develop, raising the likelihood of extreme fire behavior. Today is a Red Flag Warning day, generally precluding any controlled burns on any fire line unless fire activity makes that essential.

Containment and cause

The fire is zero contained with its cause under investigation.

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Rob Powell, Operations Section Chief, Rocky Mountain IMT1 said in a video briefing the strategy is to keep the fire moving northeast into the wilderness area and stop any movement toward the southwest or northwest. Firefighters are constructing direct and indirect fire lines using existing roads and fuel breaks along the south and southwest side of the fire above Bear Creek drainage. The fire is moving toward the Hermosa Creek Wilderness. Crews are locating values at risk along the Dolores River.

Who is fighting the Burro Fire?

On Wednesday, there were 203 personnel responding. On Thursday 181 people were assigned to the blaze.

Meeting tonight

The team at the @416fire Facebook page plan to live stream a community meeting in Dolores Colorado tonight at 6 p.m., barring technical difficulties. The meeting takes place in the Dolores Community Center at 400 Riverside Ave., in Dolores.


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