#LittleSand #COFire Little Sand Fire Final Update ^NH

Little Sand Fire Final Update – July 9, 2012 5:00 PM

San Juan National Forest

Command of the Little Sand Fire will return to the Pagosa Springs Ranger District at 0800 Tuesday, July 10.  Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to isolated smoldering in heavy fuels. This weather is expected to continue for the next several days. Full containment is expected by July 27, 2012.  All fire line and structure protection rehabilitation is complete.  Local resources will continue to monitor the fire, if warranted, an expanded suppression organization can be formed rapidly to deal with any threats to the containment area.  For additional questions, please call the Pagosa Ranger District at (970) 264-2268.

Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Acreage: 24,900
  • Containment: 60%
  • Personnel: 53
  • Hand Crews: 0
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Aviation: 1 helicopter
  • Engines: 2
  • Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

If needed, information on the Little Sand Fire may be posted on the following web sites:
Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2878/
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/

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#LittleSand #COFire Final Update ^jp

Little Sand Fire Daily Update – July 9, 2012 8:30 AM – San Juan National Forest

Command of the Little Sand Fire will return to the Pagosa Springs Ranger District at 0800 Tuesday, July 10.

Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to isolated smoldering in heavy fuels. This weather is expected to continue for the next several days. Full containment is expected by July 27, 2012.

All fire line and structure protection rehabilitation is complete.

Local resources will continue to monitor the fire. If warranted, an expanded suppression organization can be formed rapidly to deal with any threats to the containment area.

The telephone information line listed below will remain valid until the fire is considered to be controlled.

Fire Statistics at a Glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900

Containment: 60% Personnel: 53 Hand Crews: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter Engines: 2

Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.537Million

Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Sand-COFire/447627881921625

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104028533250808441708/posts

Little Sand Blog: http://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/

About Me: http://about.me/little sand cofire

Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2878/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/little sand cofire/

Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/

Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info

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#LittleSand #COFire – Little Sand Fire Evacuations Lifted ^NH

At 5:30 PM July 8, 2012 the Hinsdale County Sheriff announced that all evacuation orders pertinent to the Little Sand Fire have been lifted.

http://inciweb.org/incident/article/14993/

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 8 ^jp

Little Sand Fire Daily Update – July 8, 2012 8:00 AM – San Juan National Forest

The fire line rehabilitation on the Little Sand continued on Saturday with the majority of the work being completed.  Crews continued to support Hinsdale and Archuleta County in preparing the Weminuche Valley for re-entry by residents and the public.  Personnel cleared several roads associated with the fire, removing trees that had fallen across the road or presented a potential hazard.  Fire suppression supplies were also removed from the junction of the Piedra River and First Fork Creek.

Sunday’s activities will include the final clean-up of the area around the structures in the Weminuche Valley.  Personnel will also be preparing supplies for shipment from the fire back to the appropriate supply cache.  On Monday a packer will be sent to retrieve suppression-related supplies that were placed at the Granite Peak Guard Station in case the fire moved in that direction.

Rain has continued over the fire for the last five days.  Fire managers believe most of the fire has received several inches of rain from the storms that passed over the area.  This moisture has fallen in such a manner that there has not been significant movement of ash and other debris from the fire into the creeks and streams in the area.  The Forest Service will continue to evaluate the fire situation to determine if there is any need to take remedial action to stabilize the fire area.

Fire managers are evaluating the needs for fire personnel and will continue to down-size the organization.  It is anticipated that the fire will transition to a smaller locally managed organization on Tuesday July 10.  There is a commitment by the National Incident Management Organization Team currently managing the fire to return if the need should arise to again increase the fire organization.

Fire closure restrictions remain in place including First Fork Road (FR 622) and West Monument Road (FR 630) which are both closed at the Sheep Creek Trailhead.  In the Vallecito area, the Pine Piedra Stock Driveway is closed at the end of Beaver Meadow, and the East Creek Trail (FT 535) is closed at the East Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 852.  All other trails in the Vallecito area are open.  Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics at a Glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900

Containment: 55% Personnel: 98              Hand Crews: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter     Engines: 7

Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.371 Million

Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Sand-COFire/447627881921625

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104028533250808441708/posts

Little Sand Blog: http://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/

About Me: http://about.me/little_sand_cofire

Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2878/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_sand_cofire/

Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/

Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info 

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#LittleSand #COFire 7/7 New Map ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 7 ^jp

Little Sand Fire Daily Update – July 7, 2012 7:30 AM – San Juan National Forest

 Progress was made on rehabilitation of the fire lines associated with the Little Sand Fire on Friday.  The work of the excavator was completed in regards to the restoration of dozer lines.  Crews completed the assessment of the Piedra and Weminuche trails and work began on their repair.  In the Weminuche Valley, crews worked in cooperation with Hinsdale and Archuleta County preparing the area around the structures for re-entry.  Hoses, pumps, and sprinkler systems were some of the items removed.  These items had been installed to protect the structures in the event the fire activity came near the buildings.  Fire managers also met with representatives of Archuleta and Hinsdale County to discuss lifting the evacuation order.

On Saturday crews will continue to prepare the Weminuche valley for re-entry by residents.  Materials removed from the Weminuche Valley will be hauled back to the fire camp in Pagosa Spring for disposition.  A large portion of these materials will be returned to the Rocky Mountain Fire Cache or the local Forest Cache in Durango for refurbishing.  Crews will also continue efforts to rehabilitate the Piedra and Weminuche trails.

Over the last several days the Forest has undertaken a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) evaluation effort over the fire area. BAER activity is often described as “first aid” for the land.  During the process objectives will be established on how to remediate any significant effects on the land.

Fire closure restrictions remain in place including First Fork Road (FR 622) and West Monument Road (FR 630) which are both closed at the Sheep Creek Trailhead.  In the Vallecito area, the Pine Piedra Stock Driveway is closed at the end of Beaver Meadow, and the East Creek Trail (FT 535) is closed at the East Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 852.  All other trails in the Vallecito area are open.  Additional information on closures on the San Juan National Forest may be found on the Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics at a Glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,900

Containment: 40% Personnel: 103 Hand Crews: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 1 helicopter     Engines: 7

Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.264 Million

Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS

Information on the Little Sand Fire may be obtained by calling (970) 444-2201 or from the following web sites:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Sand-COFire/447627881921625

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104028533250808441708/posts

Little Sand Blog: http://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/

About Me: http://about.me/little_sand_cofire

Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2878/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_sand_cofire/

Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/

Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info

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