Several Area Fires Ignite Creating Haze in the Region
On Sunday, June 28, 2020, three new fire starts sparked up in Montezuma County and Public Lands. They are named, the Yellow Jacket Fire, Spring Fire, and Beaver Creek Fire. As of Monday morning, these three new fires are still active. In addition to these new fires, the Morfield Fire that started on Saturday, June 27, 2020 remains active, as well.
In addition to the new fires in our area, there is a fire 14 miles southeast of Creede that grew to 115 acres by Sunday evening.
UPDATE: Yellow Jacket Fire: Montezuma County has a bit of a blaze occurring in the Yellow Jacket Canyon that is visible from many high points in Dolores County.
The fire started mid-afternoon on Sunday, June 28, 2020 and is currently being fought by ground and air personnel and at the time of this article, Durango Interagency Dispatch reported the fire's size at 378 acres with 0% containment.
According to Montezuma County's Sunday afternoon information release, "The fire is in the canyon and firefighters are trying to contain it there. Current resources include Pleasant View and Lewis-Arriola fire departments, other state resources, 3 helicopters, 4 large air tankers, and 2 SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers). Helicopters are dipping water from Narraguinnep Reservoir."
Currently, the fire is burning on BLM Public Lands and under the management of the US Forest Service and at this time, the cause of the fire is still "unknown".
A reader out of Mancos - Melissa Morning - shared a video of one Chinook that flew overhead en route to the fire, and another Facebook reader - DeanndMissy Valdez shared at approximately 3:45 p.m. Sunday that, "we live on T off Hwy 145 we've had 2 different helicopters and 2 different planes fly over us in the last 45 minutes."
The fire's main ignition point is reported to be located near the crossroads of Montezuma County Roads V and 16 near the Yellow Jacket Canyon with its main fuel being cedar trees. The coordinates of the fire are (37.486 -108.737) and is a NO DRONE ZONE.
UPDATE: Today, winds will be Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 45 to 50 mph.
Also, these areas are under Red Flag Warning through this evening until 9 p.m. due to gusty winds, low relative humidity and dry vegetation. The National Weather Service states, "Conditions will be favorable for the rapid ignition, growth and spread of fires. Agricultural burning is strongly discouraged."
UPDATE: The Spring fire is South of Rock Creek. Between Rock Creek & Big Point. South of County Road N in Montezuma County near Goodman Point. That fire is currently 115 acres in size as of Sunday evening, June 28, 2020.
UPDATE: Beaver Creek Fire is in the Boggy Draw area was about 1 acre in size on Sunday evening and was 0% contained.
These three fires come one day after the start of the Morfield Fire at Mesa Verde. Currently, the Morfield fire is active and holding 46 acres and has been attributed to be caused by lightning.