Crews work to suppress four-acre fire


San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District firefighters are working to suppress the four-acre Winter Hills Fire, located about 7 miles southeast of Pagosa Springs on National Forest System lands.

The fire is burning in a remote area of oak and ponderosa pine about two miles north of the Blanca River Campground and Forest Road No. 656 and not threatening any structures. The lightning-strike fire was reported this morning and is now about 50 percent contained.

Earlier today, slurry was dropped on the fire by single-engine air tankers, which have now been released.  The Mesa Verde National Park helicopter remains working the fire. The 20-person Juniper Valley fire crew be onsite tomorrow to assist the district firefighters.