Lightning causes Loading Pen Fire northeast of Dolores, CO; 42 acres, 100% containment


Crews at the scene of the Loading Pen Fire in Colorado on June 16, 2020. (courtesy InciWeb)

DOLORES, CO, (KRQE)- San Juan National Forest Officials state a fire located on the Dolores Ranger District was reported on the evening of Saturday, June 13. The Loading Pen Fire is about 13 miles from Dolores, Colorado near Stoner and between Taylor and Haycamp Mesas on National Forest System land.

  • Location: National Forest Land, 13 miles from Dolores near Stoner and between Taylor and Haycamp Mesas
  • Containment: 100%
  • Cause: lightning
  • Size: 42 acres
  • Vegetation: Mixed conifer and aspen

Fire officials say critically low humidities overnight have resulted in fire growth Wednesday. Conditions are predicted to remain the same in the short term. Without aircraft support, the fire remains active. Smoke from the fire may be seen on Highway 145 and National Forest System Road 556 and 558. Smoke may also be seen in surrounding communities.

Fire crews are using a full suppression strategy on the fire while ground resources include two interagency hotshot crews, an engine, and additional resources are arrived Monday, June 15.

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