The 577 Fire is a low-intensity surface fire burning in a rugged area of the San Juan National Forest south of Pargin Mountain. The fire is about 77 acres.No homes are threatened by the fire, which was started by lightning on July 28.
Fire activity is minimal at this time. There is some isolated interior heat in heavy dead and down areas with little smoke showing.
Firefighters have been managing this low-intensity ground fire to improve forest health. They have carefully selected and prepared roads and trails around the fire to serve as containment lines. The surface fire is being allowed to creep within this containment area, reducing excess vegetation that has accumulated over years of fire suppression. If fire activity increases, containment action will be taken as appropriate.
Fire managers expect the 577 Fire to continue its slow activity for several weeks, depending on weather conditions. On warm, dry days when the fire is more active, smoke may be visible from Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Ignacio.
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Date of Origin:
Sunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 02:22 PM
10 miles SE of Bayfield, CO
Jon Freeman, ITC 4
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Narrative: Ponderosa pine, warm/dry mixed conifer, and continuous understory of Gambel oak. Old growth ponderosa stands at the bottom of Ignacio and Sheep Creek Canyons.
Will monitor and patrol.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: No spread anticipated. Consumption of fuels interior will continue.
24 hours: No spread anticipated. Consumption of fuels interior will continue.
48 hours: No spread anticipated. Consumption of fuels interior will continue.
72 hours: No spread anticipated. Consumption of fuels interior will continue.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire will continue to consume interior fuels until they are no longer available.
Daily isolated thunderstorms possible, especially over higher terrain to the north and east. Drying trend predicted August 11-16.
Hours: M-F 9 am to 4 pm
Fire Unit Information
San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301