Terrain Satellite
Sand Creek
FIRE
107
acres
16.6 mi
N of Chimney Rock, CO
100%
contained
CONTAINED
Last Updated:
1 week ago
Incident #:
2020-NWCG-6790
Fire Start:
Monday, June 15, 2020 8:30 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 1 month ago

Incident Photo for the Sand Creek Fire

The Sand Creek fire was started by lightning and first reported on June 15th, 2020. It is located 21 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, in the Piedra Special Management Area. It is currently estimated at 107 acres in size and is burning within an area previously burned during the Little Sand Fire of 2012. Smokejumpers parachuted into the fire area on June 16th. After assessing the fire on the ground, the decision was made not to engage due to hazardous snags (standing dead/damaged trees), heavy fuel loads, and difficult terrain. 

The Sand Creek fire has received significant moisture and more is predicted. The fire is now at 60% containment and will not be called out until Fire managers are certain no heat remains. The fire area closure has been lifted as of July 27th and all roads and trails are open.

Smoke from the Sand Creek fire will be visible during the duration of the incident. Smoke is expected to be visible from the Piedra Road and the community of Pagosa Springs. Wildfire smoke may affect your health. For more information, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Monday June 15th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location:
20 miles NW of Pagosa Springs CO
Incident Commander:
Pagosa Ranger District
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
37.451, -107.309

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
5
Size (Acres):
107
Containment:
100%

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public Information Office
Email: 2020.sandcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-426-5491
Hours: 8am - 8pm
Fire Unit Information
San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301