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Last updated 10:45AM ET
September 26, 2018
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Piedra Burn Underway Outside Pagosa Springs
Helicopters dropping chemical spheres that burst into flame ignite the Piedra Prescribed burn Monday. (Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service)
(ksut) - Burning will continue today in the Piedra area of the San Juan National Forest. San Juan Public Lands officials reported 1000 acres successfully burned yesterday, Monday.

The Piedra Prescribed Burn is located within the Pagosa Ranger District about eighteen miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, between Davis Creek, Coldwater Creek, and First Fork with Piedra River to the south.

Snows upslope in wetter forest types will border the burn area to the north.

For public safety, closures to trails, river boating and areas will continue today and after the burn period. The Piedra River Trail and the area it accesses are closed to entry between the trailhead at First Fork and the junction with the Sand Creek Trail. The temporary closure began on the first day of the burn and may continue for two weeks or more.

The Piedra River is closed to any boating during the actual burning operations.

The First Fork Road is currently closed at Sheep Creek/Monument Park Road West due to the condition of the road.
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