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This website is maintained by the SLV Regional Emergency Coordination Committee to support emergency preparedness and response in the six counties of the San Luis Valley. When we are supporting an emergency or disaster situation, we will post updates on this page.

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Lopez Fire

#LopezFireCO update (6/13 at 9:00am)

The incident commander is reporting that the Lopez Fire did not advance past last evening’s perimeter during the overnight hours. The size is still 88 acres. No containment is reported but is expected to increase tonight. The helicopter remains assigned to the fire and air tankers will only be called if needed.

Residents in the La Garita Creek area are advised to remain on alert, should a flare-up occur.

Additional crews have arrived and will continue to secure the fire within its current footprint. The fire is located in a Pinion Pine / Juniper fuel type where full fire line construction is not necessary. Crews secure the fire by mopping up hot spots along the edges first, then methodically increasing their efforts to the interior of the fire. Rock bands and other natural barriers also serve as containment features.

While lightning was reported in the area yesterday, the cause is under investigation.

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#LopezFireCO update (6/12 at 9:00pm)

Excellent efforts by the initial responders on the Lopez Fire have knocked down the advance of the fire. Supported by aerial resources, ground crews have begun fireline construction and will work until it is unsafe to remain on the line. The state’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) mapped the fire at 88 acres at around 7:40pm.

The Incident Commander is not reporting any containment at this time. Crews will remain on the fire overnight to monitor hot spots and flare-ups should they occur. Additional hand crews will arrive in the morning to secure the control lines and natural features and begin mop-up if the fire holds within the current burned area.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for the La Garita Creek area has been downgraded to Pre-Evacuation. Residents are advised to remain on alert, should a flare-up occur.

Initial response to the fire included the Center Volunteer Fire Department, three federal engines, 1 fire suppression module, two single engine air tankers, one large air tanker, an air attack platform, and one helicopter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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6/12 at 7:00 pm

Size is reported at 75 acres.

New fire start on the #DivideRD#RioGrandeNF

The #LopezFireCO was reported to Pueblo Interagency Dispatch at 4:24 this afternoon. It is burning on Forest Service land approximately 10 miles north of Del Norte, CO off Forest Service Road #670.

Several engines are on-scene and numerous additional resources have been ordered, including a helicopter.

According to a Saguache County Sheriff’s Office facebook post, some evacuations have been ordered for the La Garita Creek area.

This is an emerging incident, and no additional information is available at this time. We will update when we get more from the on-scene resources.

By slveadmin on 06/13/2022 12:06 AM

Those returning home after wildfire related evacuations can find health and safety resources at https://slvphp.com/after-wildfire.

Wildfire can cause hazardous conditions in and around your home, even if the fire did not damage your home directly. It is common for power to be shut off for extended periods during firefighting operations. Please use caution.

By slveadmin on 05/31/2022 03:05 PM

Menkhaven Fire Evening Update – May 30, 2022

Great work on the ground the past two days has strengthened the containment lines. Containment is now reported at 50%. The Conejos County Sheriff will begin allowing residents that were evacuated back into their homes at 9:00 pm tonight. Conejos County Emergency Management recommends returning residents to visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/…/food-safety-during-power…, for a guide to determine what to look for after a power outage.

Highway 17 will also re-open to two-way traffic at 9:00 pm. this evening. Highway 17 will be reduced to one-lane traffic, in the fire area, on Tuesday to facilitate roadside fire suppression activities from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. This lane closure may continue for a few days.

No aerial resources were utilized today due to the high winds. However, the Multi Mission Aircraft did conduct a reconnaissance mission and mapped the fire at 242 acres. The growth is attributed to Saturday afternoon fire behavior.

Tomorrow’s plan is for ground firefighters to continue handline construction and strengthening all control features, with mop-up operations beginning. Aerial resources are being released this evening.

Continued interior burning is expected. Smoke will be visible for several days and the public is asked to not report the smoke in this area.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for Conejos County and the Rio Grande National Forest.

Visit the incident on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8124/

By slveadmin on 05/30/2022 11:05 PM

Menkhaven Fire (5/30 Morning Update):

The fire size remains estimated at 197 acres. Reconnaissance flights were unable to launch due to high winds and cloud cover.

Evacuations remain in effect for all homes north of Highway 17 between Horca and Fox Creek. The communities of Horca and Fox Creek have not been ordered to evacuate. All residents on the south side of Highway 17, between Fox Creek and Horca, are on pre-evacuation notice. A re-entry plan is being developed for when firefighters determine it’s safe to allow residents back in the area.

Highway 17 remains closed from Fox Creek to Horca. Forest Service roads #101 and 102 are also closed. Today’s plan will have ground firefighters working to finish and strengthen the hand lines, especially on the east and west flanks of the steep canyon slopes. Aerial resources may not be utilized today due to high winds. At the top, crews will continue to work with the dozers to construct and secure both the main fire and spot fires. The fire area received light precipitation and much cooler temperatures overnight. No fire spread was reported this morning. Continued interior torching and heavy fuel burning are expected.

Smoke will be visible for several days and the public is asked not to report the smoke in this area.

Visit the incident on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8124/

By slveadmin on 05/30/2022 07:05 PM

Menkhaven Fire (5/29 Evening Update):

The fire size remains estimated at 197 acres. Reconnaissance flights were unable to launch due to high winds and cloud cover. Evacuations remain in effect for all homes north of Highway 17 between Horca and Fox Creek. The communities of Horca and Fox Creek have not been ordered to evacuate. All residents on the south side of Highway 17, between Fox Creek and Horca, are on pre-evacuation notice. A re-entry plan is being developed for when firefighters determine it’s safe to allow residents back in the area.

Highway 17 remains closed from Fox Creek to Horca. Forest Service roads #101 and 102 are also closed. Aerial resources made significant progress today and were able to keep the fire from spreading significantly. Ground resources also made progress with line construction on both flanks on the steep canyon slopes. Monday’s operations will continue with completing handlines and securing the perimeter. Aerial resources may be limited due to forecasted high winds. Continued interior torching is expected. Smoke will be visible for several days and the public is asked to not report the smoke in this area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By slveadmin on 05/30/2022 07:05 PM