West Fork Fire West Update: June 25, 8 p.m.


A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center in Pagosa Springs.

Today, we saw the effects of the combination more favorable weather and of the active portions of the two fires in the west zone moving out of the heavy stands of beetle-killed trees and into less volatile vegetation.  There have been no changes in evacuations or road closures.

West Zone West Fork Fire:  The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning south of the continental divide. Today, there was spotty fire activity on the south flank of the fire above Borns Lake to the east and some active areas on the west flank of the fire.    Firefighters completed installing and testing a sprinkler system to protect Bruce Spruce Resort and other structures along West Fork Road today.  Parts of the sprinkler system at Borns Lake were run today to increase humidity and fuel moisture around structures at Borns Lake.

Windy Pass Fire:  Activity on the Windy Pass Fire today was primarily burning in pockets of isolated beetle-killed trees.  Even with the heavier than expected winds today, there was very little fire movement.  Crews will continue to work on contingency lines protecting the Wolf Creek Ski Area and monitor the contingency line on the south end along East Fork Road.

Evacuations: Pre-evacuation notices are in place for West Fork road and along East Fork road.

Closures:  Again, there are multiple road and trail closures; the primary one in the West Zone is Highway 160 from just north of the chain-up area to the town of South Fork.  For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the San Juan National Forest, go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices and for the Rio Grande National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/riogrande/alerts-notices.

For highway closures, go to: http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm.