The Wildfire Report: New Fire in Colorado’s San Juan NF

UPDATE 1.  JUNE 28, 2019. FRIDAY.

A new wildfire named the DOE CANYON FIRE ignited on the afternoon of June 20, 2019.  It is located about 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek, Colorado on the San Juan National Forest.

Forest Service Firefighter Alex Henderson works in the smoke on the Doe Canyon Fire.

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This was a lightning caused wildfire.  About 1,075 acres of timber has been consumed with an 29% containment status.

Fire behavior is reported as moderate with flanking, backing and with short-range spotting and is said to be more or less low intensity at the time of this was posted.

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Credit: USFS – San Juan NF

There are approximately 56 total personnel assigned along with 3 crews and 3 engines.

Firefighters will continue to hold the fire within its containment lines and use low-intensity burnout operations to keep it from a nearby RX fire a few miles away.

Area closures are being reported.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment expenses to date have reached $169,000.

FUN FACTS:

The San Juan National Forest is a Forest in the United States that covers 1,878,846 acres in an approximate 2,936 square mile area located in the western portion of the State of Colorado.  It manages lands inside the Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Miguel and San Juan Counties.

It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east.  It covers most of the southern portion of the San Juan Mountains, which is west of the Continental Divide.  It is also home to two alpine wilderness areas, the Weminuche and the South San Juan, as well as the Piedra Rea.

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