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Last updated 4:52AM ET
December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Fire Season is Definitely Here
(2007-07-10)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Firefighters continue to make progress in containing the Bear Fire, burning in Southwest La Plata County.
KSUT's Victor Locke has this update:

VICTOR: An estimated 100 firefighters have spent today mopping up around, and expanding containment lines which as of last night circled 50-percent of The Bear fire.
A flyover GPS estimate yesterday put the fire at 15 hundred, 26 acres.
Public Lands Information Officer Eric La Price says it's not believed the Bear has grown any more today, though they won't know until later tonight.
The weather actually helped in the firefighter a bit Monday, according to LaPrice.
LA PRICE: THE HIGH WINDS ALSO RETURNED BUT THEY ACTUALLY HELPED SUPPRESSION EFFORTS BY BLOWING THE FIRE BACK ON ITSELF.
Two heavy Air tankers, two single engine air tankers and two helicopters which had been helping on the blaze have been reassigned.
Personnel from 13 different agencies remain assigned to the blaze, burning on Fort Lewis Mesa near La Plata County roads 110, 114 and 115.
La Price says there's still no estimate as to when they expect the blaze to be declared 100% contained.
The fire did destroy one home shortly after it broke out Sunday afternoon, from an apparent lightning strike.
Meanwhile, another wildfire, burning as a Wildland Fire Use north of Vallecito is prompting a change in plans.
The Dead Horse Blaze, started in the Weminuche Wilderness 9 miles North of Vallecito June 30th by a lightning strike.
It now appears to have been mostly extinguished by recent rains after growing to 55 acres.
The Forest Service had planned to use blasting on Vallecito Creek Trail seven miles up from the trailhead to get rid of avalanche debris that's blocked about a mile of the trail for two seasons.
It's felt taking explosives into the area, in light of the fire, would be too risky.
So the trail clearing will occur late this summer or fall.
The wildfire season appears to be in full swing.
More than 80-wildfires, from both lightning strikes and human activity, have been reported across Southwest Colorado in the past week.
Forest personnel have also found at least 16 unattended or abandoned campfires, four within the last week.
They are concerned such fires could escape and cause a major wildfire.
Anyone responsible for an abandoned campfire could face fines to 5-thousand dollars and/or six months in the federal pen.
If a campfire causes a wildfire, you could also be held liable for costs of putting it out, as well as other losses.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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