Every wildfire is different and some wildfires are more different than others. The East Fork Fire burning near Silver Jack Reservoir 30-miles outside of Montrose is unique in that while there is zero containment of the blaze the inferno has stayed right around the same size it was when first triggered by a lightning strike on June 15th. The East Fork Fire is now 440-acres big with 350 fire fighters assigned to it, including multiple Hot Shot crews. Fire Information Officer Rick Barton says Hot Shots travel across the county battling fires where needed. The elite 20-member Hot Shot teams undergo intensive fire fighting training and must be in extraordinary physical condition.
Barton says National Weather Service forecasters are projecting the possibility of monsoonal moisture during the next several days and rainfall would greatly help firefighters with containment. Fire Managers are also working to reopen as much of the area to public access as expediently as conditions allow.