PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO (KRQE) – Fire crews are battling a fire northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire was caused by lightning on June 15. The fire is burning in the Sand Creek drainage about 21 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire is within an area previously burned in 2012.
- Start Date: June 15
- Location: 21 miles NW of Pagosa Springs CO, San Juan National Forest
- Containment: 20%
- Size: 104 acres
- Structures Threatened: None
- Structures Burned: None
- Cause: Lightning
- Total Personnel: 20
- Vegetation: heavy logging slash
The Forest Service says smoke from this fire is visible to the north from US Highway 160 between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield. Fire danger is extreme across the region and fire restrictions are in place on the San Juan National Forest.
A forest closure remains in effect in the area of the fire. The Piedra River Trail (596), Little Sand Creek Trail (591), Lower Wiminuche Trail (595) Coldwater Trail (597), and Coldwater Stock Trail (598), are all open as of Thursday, June 25. At this time, the Sand Creek Trail and North Ridge Trail are closed as well as Mosca Road, NFSR 631 in the fire area.
Fire crews report that on Monday, June 29 gusty winds kept the fire moving through heavy fuels but little smoke was produced. The blaze remains in the Little Sand Fire scar and is traveling through heavy dead and downed fuels.
On Tuesday, June 30, firefighters will utilized Unmanned Aerial Systems to monitor the fire’s progression. A Fire Weather Warning and Red Flag Warning are issued in the area until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.