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2 wildfires burn near Pagosa Springs
6/14/2013 By: Times staff report
Left, the West Fork fire burning Thursday afternoon.
Two fires are burning in the San Juan National Forest near Pagosa Springs, according to the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch.
The West Fork Fire, started by lightning on June 5, is now approximately 150 acres. Fuel loading, topography and winds from thunderstorms in the area contributed to the increase in size late Thursday afternoon into the evening. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain approximately half a mile from the West Fork Trailhead. The fire reached the northwest corner of private property at Borns Lake yesterday evening. If needed, firefighters are on scene to provide structure protection to cabins and outbuildings on the private property. There has been no damage to private property or loss of structures.
Two Type 2 hand crews, two Type 2 helicopters and one Type 3 helicopter have been ordered in addition to the 10-person hand crew, Type 6 engine and Type 3 incident commander that arrived yesterday afternoon.
Smoke will be visible from Highway 160, and night-time smoke is expected to settle into the West Fork area. More information on smoke impacts can be found at the state website, http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx