Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests fire fighters were busy this week conducting mop-up operations on a small fire triggered by multiple lightning strikes south of Ouray. GMUG spokesperson Leanne Loupe says the Half Moon Fire ignited near Irontown Park south of Ouray on July 2nd. Fire fighters decided to attack the blaze directly to prevent it from gaining momentum and spreading toward the picturesque mountain town. Their efforts were successful and mop-up continues to ensure the 2-acre area where the blaze occurred is cold to the touch and devoid of hot spots still burning beneath ground’s surface.
Loupe says that as a measure of the severity of the conditions, the GMUG has experienced unusual high elevation fires resulting from lightning: emphasizing that this is “not a normal year” for firefighting and the need for aggressive initial attack and suppression actions when fires occur.
Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are under Stage I fire restrictions and as always, fireworks are not permitted to use on BLM or national forest lands.