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%