#LittleSand #COFire Little Sand Fire Update June 29, 2012 ^NH

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday May 13th, 2012 approx. 04:00 PM
Location 13 miles NW of Pagosa Springs
Incident Commander Wally Bennett

Current Situation

Total Personnel 237
Size 23,500 acres
Percent Contained 34%
Estimated Containment Date Friday July 27th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved 10 Timber (litter and understory)Timber, litter, and understory. Dry mixed conifer and hardwoods. Fuel models 9 and 10
Fire Behavior Low to moderate intensity surface fire with occasional group and single tree torching, short range spotting observed.
Significant Events Supported local IA with Air Attack and Type 2 medium helicopter and crew. Air attack recon supporting local forest.


Planned Actions Continue structure protection in the Weminuche Valley, patrol and monitor for spot fires crossing south of the Piedra River. Support local area initial attack as requested.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High.
Remarks Objectives to hold fire North of Piedra River and successful defense of structures in Weiminuche Valley may be reached within 6-10 days provided favorable conditions persist. Remainder of the fire is uncertain.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 7-12 mph SW
Temperature 86 degrees
Humidity 20%


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