Sand Creek Fire 20 percent contained, 104 acres


Esther Godson
San Juan National Forest

The Sand Creek Fire has shown no significant growth over the last week. It is 20 percent contained at 104 acres. Most of the fire consumption has been limited to standing snags and dead fuel on the ground.

The public may notice light smoke intermittently as dry days in the forecast encourage the fire to clean up unburned fuels within its current perimeter.

Management of the Sand Creek Fire will be transferred to the local Pagosa Ranger District today.

Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire’s behavior and utilize helicopters for water drops if intense heat needs addressing.

Weather over the weekend is expected to be hot and dry. Please remember that fire danger across the region is rated as extreme. Fire restrictions are in place on the San Juan National Forest and within Archuleta County and Hinsdale County.

A forest closure is in effect around the fire area. The full text and a map of the closure can be found at

All offices on the San Juan National Forest are currently conducting business and providing services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call 247-4874.