Additional crews ordered to Sand Creek Fire

  • Source: Pagosa Springs Sun
  • Published: 06/22/2020 12:00 AM

With the Red Flag conditions (hot, windy and dry weather) on Friday, the fire expanded to 25 acres. A helicopter was utilized for water bucket drops on the incident throughout the morning. The standing dead tree (i.e. snag) hazard, heavy downed trees and difficult access make direct engagement with ground personnel difficult. Additional wildland fire modules will arrive today. Wildland fire modules are 10-person crews highly skilled in working on fires in difficult and remote areas. The Columbine Wildland Fire Module (San Juan National Forest) and the Unaweep Wildland Fire Module (Upper Colorado River BLM) will join the Snowslide Wildland Fire Module (Payette National Forest) in monitoring fire behavior and assessing how to safely engage this incident. The local San Juan National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team will be in briefed and assume command of the Sand Creek fire Sunday, June 21.


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