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:
Little Sand Blog: https://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/
About Me: http://about.me/little_sand_cofire
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Regional Information Support Team: http://wildlandfires.info