Little Sand Fire Update

Press Release from Little Sand Fire Public Information Officer:  June 1 at 10:30 a.m.

News Release

June 1, 2012 7:00 a.m. (MST)
Contact: Laura McConnell, PIO
Phone: 970.444.2201 Staffed from 8am – 9pm
24 Hour - Recorded Message: 970.264.4731 

Saturday, June 2nd beginning 2:30 p.m. at Sportsman’s Campground

Morning Update – Friday, June 1, 2012 

Pagosa Springs, CO– Fire was less active yesterday. There was little growth on the northwest side with some growth on the southwest corner towards Sand Creek. Crews successfully reached 6% containment on the south end of the fire.

Conditions today are expected to be similar. The potential for thunderstorms in the area may cause shifting winds which could affect fire behavior, however today’s plan incorporates any possible scenarios that may arise. 

Plans for today:
Div A - (upper northeast)
San Juan hotshot crews, who arrived yesterday, will be flying the Trail Creek drainage to assess opportunities for keeping the fire out of Trail Creek. Crew will continue to work on, and hold the spot east of Trail Creek.

Div B – (southwest side)
Crews will monitor fire backing down drainage, keeping fire out of Trail Creek.

Div Y – (upper northwest)
Crews will continue to hold the fire by the Piedra River and Sand Creek, and monitor the northwest corner by air.

Structure group
An expanded closure order was put in place as of yesterday afternoon. Updated closures of roads, trails and campgrounds can be found at: continues to mitigate around structures in Weminuche Valley, but will be working more in the Sportsman’s Campground area.

Donations for firefighters:
Firefighters are national resources that require specific training and nutrition to sustain the hard work they complete on a daily basis. As a highly trained resource, the demands of their job require that they maintain good nutritional values. On incidents, Food Unit Leaders work with caterers to ensure that food needs are met. Although we appreciate the outpouring of support from our communities, food donations to an incident can become difficult to manage and provide food that does not meet the nutritional needs of our fire crews. Firefighters most appreciate the "thank you" signs that they pass on the way to work, and the thank you cards that we can post and put in their lunches.
"Crews are making great progress on the line" as stated by Incident Commander Todd Pechota. "We appreciate the patience of cooperating agencies and the affected communities".

Fire Stats at a glance:
Start Date
: May 13th, 2012
: Lightning
: 4,280
: 237
: 6
Cooperating Agencies
: Hinsdale County, Archuleta County, USFS, CSFS
Aviation: (
1)-Type 1 Helicopter, (1)-Type 3 Helicopter, Air Attack; A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains.
: 5
: 1
Structures destroyed
: 0
Structures threatened
: 20 including outbuildings Cost to date: $1,250,000