National Drought Mitigation Center

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Fires burning in the region and local forest will close in San Miguel County, Colorado
6/12/2018 11:20:41 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
San Miguel County, CO

Start Date: 6/11/2018 - End Date: 6/11/2018
Two fires now burning in the region: 416 Fire (16,000+ acres) north of Durango, and the Burro Fire (1,000+ acres) east of Dolores. Fortunately, the wind isn't blowing the smoke my direction, but I can see it every day on the southeastern horizon. Saturday's pyro-cumulus cloud was terrifyingly impressive. Elk came to my horses' water troughs the other morning - and those are just ones I actually saw. BLM is bringing extra water troughs today to Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area for the mustangs. I'm still feeding hay. Dust. Forest closure goes into effect tomorrow. Reports are that the cattle have not much to eat up in summer ranges, and ranchers are hauling water even there. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Redvale 22.8 SW on 6/11/2018