#LitteSand #COFire 7/1 Active Fire Behavior (Video) ^NH

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#LittleSand #COFire 7/3 New Map from IMT ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire Update July 3 ^jp

The Little Sand Fire was active Monday on the southwest corner as the fire continued to move through the Ponderosa pine vegetation at the confluence of First Fork Creek and Piedra River. Light to moderate intensity surface fire was observed as the fire continued to back into the 2009 prescribed burn. The remainder of the fire was quiet. A large portion of the fire received light to moderate rain in the late afternoon.

On Tuesday, fire personnel will begin fire suppression rehabilitation of areas where modifications were made to roads or natural features in the process of fighting the fire. Much of this work is related to cleaning up dozer line that was created in areas to connect roads or otherwise enable access to firefighters to contain the fire. Fire crews will also continue structure protection in the Weminuche Valley, and patrol and monitor for spot fires south of the Piedra River.

Due to decreased fire activity on the east side of the fire, several closed areas will be reopened on Tuesday to the public. These include the Poison Park Road (FR 644) near Williams Creek Reservoir, and Ice Cave Ridge near the Piedra Picnic Area.

Recreation areas along the Piedra River corridor leading to the Williams Creek Reservoir and ending at the Palisades Horse Camp are open for visitors with the exception of Williams Creek Campground. Guides and outfitters are open for business and rerouting their trips as necessary to avoid the fire. Pagosa Springs and the Vallecito areas are open for business as usual.

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: 24,450

Containment: 40% Personnel: 202 Hand Crews: 3

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 4 helicopters Engines: 9

Dozers: 1 Injuries: 3 Cost to Date: $6.741 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 Wally Bennett

Current Situation

Total Personnel 202
Size 24,450 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 Fire was active today on the southwest corner with a Haines of 6. Light to moderate intensity surface fire ws observed as the fire continued backing in to the 2008 Rx burn area. The northern portion of the fire was quiet.
Significant Events IMT personel assisted with local extended attck 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 of resouces will continue. Suppression repair will begin tomorrow.
Growth Potential Medium
Terrain Difficulty High.
Remarks Transfer of command from W. Bennett to C. Heaton is scheduled for 0600 tomorrow, July 3rd.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 6-8, g 15 mph NE
Temperature 91 degrees
Humidity 13%

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Keeping it light at #LittleSand #COFire Spike Camp ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire 7/2 New Map from IMT ^jp

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#LittleSand #COFire 7/2 Update via Inciweb ^jp

The Little Sand Fire grew 820 acres Sunday as weather conditions changed to support more active fire conditions. Most of the growth was in an area immediately north of the confluence of the Piedra River and First Fork Creek. The majority of the fire activity was in Ponderosa pine forest with a Gambel oak under story. Additional fire activity occurred on the northwest portion of the fire where a few small pockets of unburned vegetation burned. Speaking of today’s fire activity Fire Behavior Analyst Mike Locke stated “the fire is doing what we expected it would do.” Crews from the Little Sand Fire completed mop up on the Dudley Fire which was declared controlled.

Fire weather on Monday will continue to support active fire behavior with no significant threat of thunderstorms. Fire crews will be watching several areas which continue to be of concern. It is expected that a small section of the fire will reach the meadow in a portion of the Weminuche Valley which is relatively narrow. Crews will be prepared to engage the fire if it spots over to the east side of the Valley. Crews will also be watching the south end of the fire to assure that the activity at the junction of the Piedra River and First Fork Creek does not spot across to the south side of the Piedra. Structure protection will continue for homes in the Weminuche Valley.

Smoke will continue to hang in low lying areas during the early morning hours. Areas such as the intersection of Highway 160 and the Piedra River drainage are particularly prone to this problem. Motorists are advised to slow down, turn on headlights, and use caution when entering smoky areas.

Recreation areas along the Piedra River corridor leading to the Williams Creek Reservoir and ending at the Palisades Horse Camp are open for visitors with the exception of Williams Creek Campground. Guides and outfitters are open for business and rerouting their trips as necessary to avoid the fire. Pagosa Springs and the Vallecito areas are open for business as usual.

There are several areas and roads closed due to the Little Sand Fire. The notices and maps associated with these closures can be found on the San Juan National Forest web site athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices. 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.

Fire Statistics at a Glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 24,400

Containment: 35% Personnel: 211 Hand Crews: 3

Structures Destroyed: 0 Aviation: 4 helicopters Engines: 13

Dozers: 1 Injuries: 2 Cost to Date: $6.618 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 Wally Bennett

Current Situation

Total Personnel 211
Size 24,400 acres
Percent Contained 35%
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 Fire overall was more active today with Haines of 6. On the southwestern portion of the fire low intensity surface fire was observed as the fire backs into the 2008 Rx burn area, northern portion of the fire is quiet, with the occasional single and group tree torching, short range spotting on the east flank.
Significant Events IMT personnel assisted in management of traffic accident involving the public in front of ICP. T2 Helicopter and module assisting with local extended attack fires.

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 of timed out resources in progress.
Growth Potential Medium
Terrain Difficulty High.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 6-8, g 15 mph SW
Temperature 90 degrees
Humidity 14%

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#LitteSand #COFire Smoke Column Visible From Bayview Area ^jp

With drier, more unstable air over the Little Sand Fire, a smoke column is very evident from the Bayview area. This results from increased activity on the south end of the fire. The fire remains north of the Piedra River and First Fork Creek. This is within the desired containment area, and is not a spot fire or a new ignition.

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