West Fork Fire Complex grows to 8,375 acres with high growth potential

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    SUN Photo/ Mike Pierce With extreme conditions present the West Fork Fire Complex doubles in size on Wednesday afternoon.
    SUN Photo/ Mike Pierce
    With extreme conditions present the West Fork Fire Complex doubles in size on Wednesday afternoon.

    Basic Information

    Incident Type: Wildfire
    Cause: Lightning
    Date of Origin: Wednesday June 05th, 2013 approx. 12:30 PM
    Location: 14.5 mi NE of Pagosa Springs
    Incident Commander: Curtis Heaton

    Current Situation

    Total Personnel: 292
    Size: 8,375 acres
    Fuels Involved: Timber with heavy dead standing bug kill
    Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior; 100 ft flame lengths; spotting up to 3/4 mile. Red Flag Warning Thurs-Sat.
    Significant Events: The strategy is indirect attack and point protection tactics focusing on efforts where probability of success is highest while not compromising firefighter safety.

    Outlook

    Growth Potential: High
    Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
    Remarks: Phoenix NIMO assumed command on June 19.

    Current Weather

    Wind Conditions: 15-25 G35 mph SW
    Temperature: 75 degrees
    Humidity: 12%