#LittleSand #COFire 7/6 New Map ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 6 ^jp

Little Sand Fire Daily Update – July 6, 2012 7:30 AM – San Juan National Forest

There was minimal activity or growth on the Little Sand Fire on Thursday as rain over the fire continued.  Fire line rehabilitation was going well with the addition of an excavator which provided fire managers with a tool to return disturbed areas back to a more normal condition.  The reduction in personnel continued with 119 individuals remaining on the fire.  Two additional helicopters were released, making these critical resources available for other fires.

On Friday fire fighters will continue fire line rehabilitation work.  This will include assisting Archuleta County in preparing the area around structures in the Weminuche Valley for re-entry.  Work will include removal of pumps, sprinklers, and hoses which were placed to provide protection as fire approached the homes and other buildings in the Valley.  At one time there was over three miles of fire hose committed to the protection effort.  As the clean-up is completed the electricity will be turned on so that residents will have power when they return.

In addition to the work around the structures in the Weminuche Valley two eight person wildfire modules will be assigned to hike the Piedra Trail (FT 596) and the Weminuche Trail (FT 595) to assess trail damage due to the fire.  Once the assessment is completed, a strategy will be implemented to repair the trails and return them to their condition prior to the fire.

Based on the current weather forecast, moisture should stay in the area through the weekend.  Fire managers note that the fire was tested by hot and dry conditions a week ago and did not seriously threaten containment lines.  The amount of moisture over the fire to date, and in the expected future, will further reduce the potential for fire spread.

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: 119 Hand Crews: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 2 helicopters Engines: 6

Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.169 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: https://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 7/5 New Map ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 5 ^jp

On Wednesday the Little Sand Fire continued to make a minor advance at the confluence of the Piedra River and North Fork Creek where it continues to back slowly through Ponderosa pine areas. No growth was experienced in other areas of the fire. Late in the afternoon crews were removed from the Piedra River area due to heavy rainfall. Other areas of the fire also received moisture. At the present time the risk of fire movement is considered very low.

On Thursday fire managers and crews will continue to implement fire rehabilitation measures on suppression-related disturbances around the fire. With the arrival of an “excavator” on Thursday fire personnel will be able to use this specialized digging machine to pull scattered material back over the fire lines to reduce erosion potential and make them less visible.

Thunderstorms will continue over the fire today with the expectation that the trend will continue into the weekend. Continued wetting rain is needed over all parts of the Little Sand Fire before the fire can be called contained.

With the expectation of more rain, the fire will continue to downsize in personnel. There are currently 135 personnel on the fire. There are three eight person wildfire modules and 9 engines responding to the various operational demands of the fire. Today personnel will be assisting in suppression rehabilitation and providing fire protection in the Weminuche Valley. They will also be patrolling and monitoring for spot fires south of the Piedra River where the fire is still active.

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: 24,800

Containment: 40% Personnel: 156 Hand Crews: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 4 helicopters Engines: 9

Dozers: 0 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $7.033 Million

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

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#LittleSand #COFire 7/4 New Map from IMT ^jp

http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/2878

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 4 ^jp

Little Sand Fire Update July 4, 2012

The Little Sand Fire did not move on Tuesday due to higher humidity and the afternoon arrival of clouds and thunderstorms which reduced fire behavior. Fire managers surveyed fire lines for potential rehabilitation needs and planned implementation strategies. Although several thunderstorms passed near the fire area very little precipitation was received over the southwest corner of the fire where burning has been most active. The north end of the fire received about one tenth of an inch of rain during the evening hours. Fire personnel assisted in the suppression of one new lightning fire.

As the week progresses more moisture is expected over the fire area. Incident Meteorologist Jason Clapp stated that “the weather over the fire area will be more moist with a greater chance of rain towards the weekend”. Under current fire conditions very little fire growth is expected. Personnel placed three rain gauges in various locations on the fire to determine the amount of rain actually falling. Gauges will be monitored on a daily basis to determine rainfall amounts. A containment date for the fire is estimated for July 27th if weather conditions develop as expected.

On Wednesday, fire crews will continue structure protection in the Weminuche Valley and support local San Juan National Forest resources in the initial attack of new fires. Analysis and implementation of suppression repair methods will continue. Suppression repair is actions taken to correct land disturbing activities which were created as the result of fire suppression. An example of this work would be the removal of berms created by dozer operations associated with the fire. Demobilization of fire resources will continue to match work needs with available personnel. Some resources are being reassigned to other large fires such as the Squirrel Creek Fire in Wyoming.

With the increase in activity on the south end of the fire, two roads will be added to the list of closed routes. These include First Fork Road (FR 622) and West Monument Road (FR 630) which will both be 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: 24,800

Containment: 40% Personnel: 156 Hand Crews: 3

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 4 helicopters Engines: 9

Dozers: 1 Injuries: 3 Cost to Date: $6.903 Million

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

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 C. Heaton

Current Situation

Total Personnel 156
Size 24,800 acres
Percent Contained 40%
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 Smoldering with some backing down slope in Div. Y
Significant Events IMT personel assisted with local initial attack of fires and detection flights.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continued structure protection in Weminuche Valley, patrol and monitor for spot fires south of the Piedra Reiver. Support local IA as requested. Demob and suppression repair will continue.
Growth Potential Medium
Terrain Difficulty High.
Remarks Transfer of command from NIMO IC W. Bennett to NIMO IC Heaton occured today ar 0600

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 9-12, g 25 mph N
Temperature 78 degrees
Humidity 20%

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#LittleSand #COFire 3 pictures around Weminuche Valley 7/1 ^jp

Here are three recent photos (1 July) of the areas around Weminuche Valley close to the Poma Ranch.

Just North of Poma Ranch.  This is one of the areas where fire intensity was hotest. The fire is overall low intensity.

South into the Weminuche : Fire Backing into the Weminuche is mostly spotty. This is a panoramic view taken just above the Poma Ranch, which is still wrapped for protection as of July 1. Structure crews are on-sight, although the fire remains low-intensity.

Weminuche Valley

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