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:
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