Two New Wildfires Raging in San Juan NF

Jun 19th @ 11:48 am in News by Scott Staley


(Wolf Creek Pass, CO)

Smoke from a new wildfire burning in the San Juan National Forest as well as a pair of wildfires burning in Southern Utah may be visible intermittently from Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray.  A National Forest Service spokesperson says the “West Fork Complex”  consists of two wildfires, West Fork and Windy Pass, that are burning on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass in southwest Colorado.  Both fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce which makes it difficult and dangerous for firefighters to mount a direct attack. The fires were combined into one complex on June 16th.

Both blazes are believed to have been ignited by lightning strikes.  The West Fork fire is burning on the north side of Highway-160 along Wolf Creek.  Structure protection is in place for cabins at Borns Lake.  The Windy Pass fire is raging south of Wolf Creek Ski Area and east of Treasure Falls.  The fire is sitting in a deep bowl of large, standing dead spruce. The fires have scorched over 3200-acres so far.

In Southern Utah, the Lackey Fan Fire has consumed 904-acres in the Manti la Sal National Forest 3-miles north of La Sal.  The lightning-caused fire was ignited by a dry lightning storm that passed through southeast Utah on June 13th.

The Dark Canyon Wildfire has scorched 215-acres 26-miles west of Monticello near Moab.  Shifting, gusty winds may carry smoke to the Western Slope and reduce visibility in the area.