Incident: Little Sand Wildfire
Little Sand Fire Daily Update – June 23, 2012 10:00 AM – San Juan National Forest
Fire activity increased significantly on Friday due to increased winds. The southwest corner of the fire continued to back slowly towards the Davis Creek Drainage and was near the Piedra River. On the north, the fire spotted over the Mosca Road (FR 631) in several places and burned a total of approximately 80 acres. To the west, the fire continued to back slowly toward the Coldwater Creek drainage. On the east, the fire was backing slowly down into the Weminuche Valley in several places. The western edge of the fire remains east of Slide Mountain and approximately 13 miles from Vallecito Reservoir.
Due to fire activity smoke levels may increase. Night time air inversions are causing smoke to build in areas down slope from the fire. Shifting winds will effect the direction of the smoke from any column developing during the day; however smoke drift will be primarily to the northeast but could shift to the north or south depending on wind. Links are provided on the Inciweb site to smoke monitors located at the Sportsman Campground area and Piedra River, the State air quality site, and smoke health information. The monitors will provide information on smoke concentrations.
The fire weather for the weekend is expected to provide variable and erratic wind conditions with day time temperatures over the fire in the 78 to 83 degree range. Relative humidities are expected to rise to the 13 to 18 percent range. There is a chance of scattered thunderstorms, with the possibility of dry lighting. No rain is predicted. Thunder cells are a concern because they bring increased erratic winds that can lead to dangerous fire activity
Firefighters will continue to implement defensive actions around structures in the Weminuche Valley and evaluate opportunities to take action on the spot fires north of the Mosca Road. Measures are being planned to keep the fire north and west of the Piedra River and east of Coldwater Creek. A crew has also been assigned to implement structural defense measures for the Granite Peak Guard Station.
Poison Park Road (FR 644) remains closed to non-emergency traffic until further notice. The Piedra River Road (FR 631) to Poma Ranch is closed at the “Y”. However, day-use recreation areas near Williams Lake, and other Forest Service campgrounds in the area, remain open to the public. Last night new trail closures were placed on trails in the vicinity of the junction of Coldwater Creek and the Piedra River. Portions of the First Fork Trail (TR 538), Devil Mountain Trail(601), Second Box Trail (TR 596), and the Piedra Stock Trail (TR 538) are closed. Detailed trail closure information may be found on the fire’s Inciweb site
At this time, most campgrounds and businesses in the Piedra area are open. Guides and outfitters who normally work in the area around the fire have rerouted, and are still in operation.
For Little Sand Fire Information, call (970) 444-2201. Or visit Websites:
Little Sand Blog: https://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/
About Me: http://about.me/little sand cofire
Flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/little sand cofire/
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Fire stats at a glance:
Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Hand crews: 2
Structures Destroyed: 0
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County,
Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS
Aviation: 4 Helicopters
Cost to Date: $4.917 Million