Blacklining operations complete on Snow Ranch Fire

Crews to patrol and secure edges


With blacklining operations completed Thursday, June 13, crews on the Snow Ranch Fire will patrol and secure the edges of the fire line on Friday, June 14, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, estimated at 45 acres, was started by lightning and is located approximately 11 air miles from Pagosa Springs in the Chris Mountain area of the San Juan National Forest.

According to an update, the wildfire has been locked within a network of roads and fire line, totaling roughly 400 acres.

Today, Friday, fire crews will patrol and secure the edges of the fire line, holding the fire within the perimeter. A drone will perform infrared flights for aerial monitoring, according to the agency.

Smoke is expected to be less visible Friday, though the agency notes some smoke will continue as interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to smolder and burn.

The update also notes that the weather disturbance brings the potential for showers and gusty winds, and relative humidity will be higher.

The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of precipitation Friday, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11 a.m. and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

It is predicted to be mostly cloudy with a high near 72 and a calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.