By Pagosa Fire Protection District
On July 1 at approx. 6:45 a.m., an active structure fire was reported on Ute Drive in the Aspen Springs Unit 5 area.
Upon arrival, the first due engine completed a scene size up noting a fully involved residential structure as well as a fully involved outbuilding with fire spreading in the surrounding vegetation and one additional structure threatened.
First arriving units established a defensive exterior fire attack due to the fire activity. A water shuttle was established to allow constant flow of water for firefighters as this location is in a non-hydrant area.
Both structures were lost and the brush fire was contained to the approximately ¼ acre.
PFPD responded with two engines, one brush engine, four water tenders, two chief cars, one utility vehicle, ten paid staff members and ten volunteers.
One engine, one water tender and five firefighters from Upper Pine River Fire responded per standing mutual aid agreement.
One water tender and one firefighter from Los Pinos Fire Protection District responded.
Archuleta County Emergency Management responded with three personnel.
One brush engine and a 10-person crew assigned to the USFS also responded to aid in the efforts to contain the brush fire.
The fire was called contained in approx. one hour. PFPD remained on scene for approximately 10 hours.
PFPD fire investigators along with Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department investigators are currently on-scene investigating. Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and ATF personnel will be arriving to assist in the investigation.
There were no firefighter injuries to report.