Little Sand Fire Update

News Release and Current Map from Little Sand Fire Public Information Officers - May 30 at 10:00 a.m.

News Release
May 30, 2012 8:00 a.m. (MST)
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: 970.444.2201
Recorded Message: 970.264.4731
Wednesday, May 30th beginning 2:30 p.m. at Sportsman’s Campground
Wednesday, May 30th beginning 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs H.S. auditorium

Pagosa Springs, CO – The weather for today is calling for warmer temperatures and lighter winds. The inversion will weaken and smoke is predicted to begin clearing out earlier. Yesterday smoke drifted to the northeast, today with shifting winds it will move west and then southeast.
Fuels, or vegetation, are very dry for this time of year and low moisture levels in the pondersosa pine makes them susceptible to torching. There’s enough moisture in grasses and lighter fuels to help slow the fires movement where there is a layer of dead pine litter the fire continues to spread and readily burns.
Fire crews on the north end of the fire working near the Piedra Road above the Bridge Campground. They will be taking down snags or hazard trees for safety concerns and will scout for areas to prep in the area of Sportsman’s Campground. A dozer is being used to improve old logging roads for better access.
On the southern end of the fire, crews will monitor along the indirect fireline and take care of any spotting from embers. A portion of the west side of the fire will be monitored by air today.
Engines will return to do structure protection around the homes north and east of the incident. Helicopters will again assist firefighters with water drops when needed.
Concerns for firefighters today will include the potential for spotting and firebrands landing downslope from hotspots, falling snags and shifting winds altering fire behavior.
Fire Stats at a glance:

Start Date: May 13th, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Acreage: 3,754
Personnel: 243
Crews: 6
Cooperating Agencies: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS
Dozers: 1
Aviation:1-Type 1 Helicopter, 1-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack
Engines: 5
Injuries: None
Structures destroyed: None
Structures threatened: 40 including outbuildings
Cost to date: $725,000

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