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Lightner Creek Fire
Current #LightnerCreekFire information
Updated at 8:00 AM July 11, 2017

100% contained. 412 acres. InciWeb link.

As of Friday July 7, at 0800, the Lighter Creek Fire was turned back over from the Type IV Management Team to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over wildfires within La Plata County. The fire management and fire mitigation are being conducted by the Durango Fire Protection District (DFPD).

DFPD Wildland Engine Boss Scott Nielsen was designated Incident Commander for this phase of the fire's management. Nielsen is responsible for directing ground crews to patrol the perimeter watching for hot spots and flare-ups as well as ordering any aerial operations needed.

The Lighter Creek Fire remains at 412 acres in area and 100 percent containment. Containment percentage is based on the perimeter and not activity within the boundary. Hot spots within the burned  area will continue to smoke and/or burn until the area receives substantial moisture from weather. The current incident priority is to monitor the fire area, mitigating the risk of any fire crossing containment lines.

DFPD is currently using infrared data, from a flyover on July 6, by the State's Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA). The MMA is able to provide high resolution images of the burn area with hot spots identified and linked to GPS coordinates. DFPD crews are working to investigate all of these hot spots and mitigate them as needed.

The fire area has been receiving rain from the recent monsoonal weather pattern as well as being aided by higher humidity, lower temperatures, and lower wind speeds. DFPD will be requesting additional flyovers by the MMA as indicted by ground crews working the burn area.

Twin Buttes, Overend Mountain Park and Rockridge are now OPEN to the public. Perins Peak BLM land is still closed.

Durango Fire would like to ask that community members use discretion when calling 911 for smoke and/or fire within the Lightner Creek Fire area.

It is normal for there to be hot spots, glowing spots, fire, and/or smoke within the 'black' area (within the containment lines) of a contained wildland fire. This is why containment is defined by percentage of perimeter surrounding the fire and not the percentage of area extinguished (within the containment lines).

From a preventative standpoint, It is actually better to let these areas burn to reduce the fuel load in case of a future fire in that area.  

If you are in, or near, the CR207/CR208 area you will probably be seeing more smoke and hot spots for days to come.  If you are feeling uncertain or unsafe, please call 911.  If this activity is within the containment lines, we ask that you don't call 911.  

All evacuations and pre-evacuations have been lifted.

DO NOT fly drones in the fire area closure!

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office, will implement a temporary emergency fire area closure due to concerns for public safety and impacts to fire suppression operations. The temporary emergency fire area closure covers all public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office within the following designated boundaries:

• North of Highway 160; 
• West of Camino Del Rio/Main Avenue and Junction Creek Road; 
• South of the U.S. Forest Service jurisdictional boundary; and 
• East of Dry Fork/Lightner Creek (County Road 207) 

Fire area closure
Entering an area which is closed by a fire prevention order or interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire are prohibited. Any person who knowingly and willfully violates an emergency fire area closure is subject to penalties.

Evacuation hotline: 970-385-8700

Be prepared. Sign up for emergency notifications on your cell phone. Please visit DurangoGov.org/CodeRed

Durango mail customers impacted by the fire can pick up their mail at the Post Office - 222 West 8th Street. Please bring ID.

All commercial operations at Durango Airport are running as normal.

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We will continue to update this post as we get more info.