West Fork Complex Fire Update: July 15

Special Message: As of 6 p.m. July 14, the Colorado Interagency Team III assumed command of the West Fork Complex.

Current Situation

The Papoose fire is the only fire on the complex that is currently staffed. The other fires will continue to be monitored by air and appropriate action will be taken as needed. Two, Type 3 helicopters
remain dedicated to monitoring and when needed, provide bucket drops and other fire support for this complex.


The entire fire complex remains with strong chances for wetting rains throughout much of this week. The moonsonal moisture will combine with an upper level flow pattern favorable for continued
afternoon and evening shower and thundershower development. Temperatures are currently cool, and expected to increase later this week returning to near normal levels. Flash flood watches with
potential ash and/or debris flows remain in place in all three fire areas.

Papoose Fire

There is scattered interior heat on the fire that continues to be monitored. Crews will be working to fell dead and damaged trees along popular travel routes, including the River Hill campground.

West Fork Fire and Windy Pass Fire

There are very minimal areas of heat and smoke on this part of the fire. The fires will be monitored
and appropriate action will be taken as needed.

Public Health and Safety

Smoke can be expected to be seen across parts of the fire for the next several days to weeks. The rain and winds have gone a long way towards clearing the air. For the Colorado Smoke Outlook, visit
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx or http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for more information.

Area Road and Trail Closures

For information on road and trail closures and fire restrictions affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

For information on road and trail closures and fire restrictions affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/riogrande/.

Fire Statistics

Location: 14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO
Start Date: 06/05/2013
Complex Size: 109,615 acres
Percent Contained: 66%
Windy Pass: 1,417 acres
Cause: Lightning
Papoose: 49,628 acres
Total Personnel: 82
West Fork: 58,570 acres
Resources Include: 1 Type-1 hand crews, 1 Type-2 hand crews, 5 engines, 6 water tenders, 2 Type-3 helicopters and 13 overhead personnel.

For More information

Blog: http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/
Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/
Twitter: @RioGrandeUSFS 
Photos: http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

Information provided by:

Colorado Interagency Type III Team – Phil Daniels, Incident Commander
Fire Information Phone: 719-569-4149 Voice mail only, calls will be returned as quickly as possible.
Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com