The Little Sand Fire, located 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, was started by lightning on May 13th, on lands managed by the San Juan National Forest. The fire is in rugged and inaccessible terrain, north of the Piedra River. A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team (Gage) is managing the fire. In addition to complex fire management, NIMO teams have year-round "non-incident" duties in support of the National Fire and Aviation Management Program.
There are very few closures due to fire activity. Pagosa Springs and most Forest Service & private campgrounds are open for business.
Smoke will continue to be a problem in low lying areas in the early morning hours. Communities around the fire area in Archuleta, La Plata, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande and Conejos counties will experience potentially heavy smoke when the fire is active and wind is blowing their direction. For information on smoke concentrations and health advice see the links to the right.
For Little Sand Fire Information, call (970) 444-2201. Or visit the following websites:
Little Sand Blog: http://littlesandcofire.wordpress.com/
About Me: http://bit.ly/LdaGRf
Archuleta County: http://www.acemergency.org/
Follow us on Twitter: @AC Emergency , @LittleSandFire
|Date of Origin||Sunday May 13th, 2012 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||13 miles NW of Pagosa Springs|
|Incident Commander||Curtis Heaton|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday July 27th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
10 Timber (litter and understory)Timber, litter, and understory. Dry mixed conifer and hardwoods. Fuel models 9 and 10
Minimal fire behavior observed today.
Finished rehab around structures; completed backhaul.
Work on transfer of command back to local unit for 0800 Tuesday July 10.
Continued coordination with the local unit and cooperatorsfor transfer of command.
|Wind Conditions||5, g 12 mph SE|