Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander
Tonight will be the last night shift for this fire. Starting tomorrow, we will publish the daily update once per day at 9 a.m., with Tweet and Blog entries throughout the day.
East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires)
West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)
The San Juan National Forest will be at Stage II Fire Restrictions starting July 2. The Archuleta County remains at Stage 1. Additional information can be found on the San Juan National Forest’s website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/home.
Weather: Thunderstorms remain in the forecast throughout the rest of the week; however, the chance of wetting rain will deteriorate as temperatures increase. Scattered thunderstorms will bring Northeast winds 10-15 mph, with a 10% chance of rain hitting the ground. Warmer temperatures are expected.
Public Health and Safety: Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Freemon’s Ranch, and Creede, with one monitor yet to be installed at South Fork (on its way). The monitors are identified as #78 (Creede), #69 (Freemon’s Ranch) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT). For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook, please visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.
Please use caution when traveling along Highways 149 and 160. Heavy fire traffic can be expected along the highways and within the communities of South Fork, Creede, and Del Norte. Reduced speed is posted on Highway 160. Please do not stop along the roads to take pictures of the fire or firefighters as doing so could impede fire operations.
Evacuations and Closures: Evacuations for several communities in Mineral County have been lifted. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event that fire activity changes. Visit http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ for a list of areas currently under evacuation or pre-evacuation. The list will be updated as conditions change.
For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/riogrande/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5143145.
Fire Information Meetings: None scheduled at this time.
Media Briefings: There are no scheduled media briefings. If media are interested in a briefing or interview, please contact the East Zone Information Office at (719) 657-3279 or West Zone Information office at (970) 731-2432.
Information Boards: Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemons Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Del Norte High School.