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Fires 66 percent contained

Posted: Thursday, Jul 18th, 2013

SOUTH FORK— Officials working on the West Fork Fire Complex announced that the fire was 66 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

At 6 p.m. Sunday the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 handed off responsibility to manage the Papoose and West Fork fires to Phil Daniel’s Colorado Type 3 Incident Management Team. The complex will remained staffed with adequate resources to patrol and monitor the status of the two fires as well as serve as an Initial Attack (IA) force should the need arise.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) were also scheduled to be lifted at 6 p.m.

An interagency Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) arrived Monday to begin their initial assessments. The goal of a BAER team is to assess the after effects of a fire(s) and develop a strategy for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation. Everything from erosion protection to what needs to be done to make trails, roads and campgrounds safe for people to re-enter damaged sections of the forests.

Public health and safety:

There may be smoke across parts of the fire for the next several days to weeks. The rains and monsoon-associated winds have gone a long way towards clearing the air. For the Colorado Smoke Outlook, visit: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx or http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for more information.

Fire statistics:

Location: 14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO

Start Date: 06/05/2013

Complex Size: 109,615 acres

Percent Contained: 66 percent

Windy Pass: 1,417 acres

Papoose: 49,628 acres

West Fork: 58,570 acres

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 289

Resources Include: One Type-1 hand crew, one Type-2 hand crew, 14 engines, two water tenders, and 136 overhead personnel.

Air Resources: two Type 3-helicopters.

Information Traplines:

The information traplines have been discontinued. The information updates and maps will continue to be available on InciWeb and the incident blogspot. Beth Lund’s Great Basin IMT 1 would like to thank all of the communities, businesses and agencies for their kind support of our firefighters. Additionally they would like to extend thanks to all of the local businesses and agencies for assisting them in sharing the changing status of this incident with the visitors and residents of this beautiful area.

For more information:

Fire Information Phone: 569-4149

As of Sunday, this number goes to voice mail only. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible.

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

Blog: http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ | Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

Twitter: @RioGrandeUSFS | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatBasin

Photos: http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

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