Newton Mesa fire: Multi-Mission Aircraft measures fire at 11 acres

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    Update:

    Fire crews had cut a hand line around 100 percent of the Newton Mesa fire as of 2 p.m. this afternoon. Crews are performing additional mitigation work to secure and widen the perimeter. The state’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flew the site for a more accurate measurement and the adjusted fire size is 11 acres.

    Update:

    As of 10:50 a.m. Monday there are approximately 22 people on scene at the Newton Mesa fire. Efforts are being made to get a Type 4 engine with 750 gallons of water closer to the fire line. No major fire activity was reported overnight and the fire lines managed to hold everything in place.

    Update:

    The Newton Mesa Fire was measured at 13 acres as of 7:15 p.m. At this time, resources have lined the fire with a combination of retardant and hand line. A Type 1 helicopter will assist with the fire Monday and additional resources will be on scene supplemented by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office and USFS. There are no requirements for evacuations.

    Update:

    As of 4 p.m., the fire has increased to 10 acres in size. The Type 1 helicopter is almost on scene and a Large Airtanker (LAT) is en route to assist. No evacuations are necessary at this time.

    Photos courtesy Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office

    Crews from Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office and USFS are on the scene of the Newton Mesa Fire located in the Burns Canyon Area approximately half way between County Road 500 and Tara Mandala near USFS Road 649.

    The 4.5-acre fire is burning on private land.

    Crews have cut a line around approximately 3/4 of the fire at this time. A SEAT (single engine air tanker) has dropped six loads of retardant on the fire.

    A Type 1 helicopter is approximately 1 hour away from responding to the fire.

    There are no requirements for evacuation at this time.