Changes to Burro Fire Area Closure
Release Date: Aug 14, 2018
Dolores, Colorado –
The Fire Area Closure around the Burro Fire has been lifted. Closures are still in effect for the Aspen Loop Trail system (NFST 631) located in Sections 22, 23 and 26 of T. 38N R. 12W, the Gold Run Trail (NFST 618), Forest Service Road 401 and Forest Service Road 402 (See map).
The Burro Fire started on June 8th and burned 4,792 acres. The fire is 95% contained and is still smoking in a few areas, particularly near Sharkstooth Peak. The soil burned severity map has been completed and the map shows that in the fire area, approximately 83% of the 4,792 acres analyzed by the BAER team is either unburned (38%) or low (45%) soil burn severity, while 17% sustained a moderate soil burn severity. No areas within the Burro Fire were found to be of high soil burn severity. BAER specialists expect a minor increase in erosion and run-off within the Burro Fire area as a result of the fire because only 17% of the burned area experienced moderate soil burn severity. In specific areas that experienced moderate soil burn severity, there could be concern for run-off from steep hillslopes and resultant increases in post-fire erosion, flooding, and debris flows.
The Burro Fire soil burn severity BAER map can be downloaded at the interagency “Rocky Mountain Region-2018 Post-Fire BAER” InciWeb site as a JPEG or PDF version under the “maps” tab.
Closures for the Plateau Fire and the 416 Fire remain in effect. Closure information can also be found on the San Juan National Forest Facebook, Twitter feed (#SanJuanNF) or webpage https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/home.
Burned areas are inherently hazardous. Active hot spots still are still smoking. Dead and burned trees are continuing to fall and some flooding and mud flows may occur. Travel within burned areas is dangerous during storms or windy conditions.
For more information contact Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-7296
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