Information Release-Wildland Fires over Easter Weekend

Posted on 07-04-2021 , by: PFPD , in , 0 Comments

Date: April 5, 2021
Information Release – Wildland Fires over Easter Weekend
On April 1, 2021 at approx. 1:35 p.m. an out-of-control residential control burn was reported on Echo Lane, south of Pagosa Springs, CO. The notification was received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County Combined Dispatch center.
Upon arrival, the first due engine completed a scene size up noting a brush fire approximately half an acre in size. The fire was moving uphill towards a structure.
Firefighters utilized direct fire attack tactics by deploying hose lays and applying water on and around the blaze. After initial fire knockdown was achieved, firefighters dug handline around the perimeter. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours to continue mop-up. Fire was fully contained at three-quarters of an acre.
PFPD responded with one engine, one water tender, one brush engine, two chief cars, six paid staff members, and six volunteers. One brush engine from Los Pinos Fire Protection District responded through an existing mutual aid agreement.
A second wildland fire was reported on April 4, 2021 at approx. 7:14 p.m. on Oak Drive, in the Aspen Springs Subdivision area. The notification was also received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County Combined Dispatch center.
The first due engine completed a scene size up noting a brush fire surrounding a campfire ring. The fire was moving in grassy fuels towards several structures.
Firefighters again utilized direct fire attack tactics by deploying hose lays and applying water on and around the blaze, completing containment with a handline. Firefighters remained on scene for 90 minutes to continue mop-up. Fire was fully contained at one-quarter of an acre.
PFPD responded with one engine, one water tender, one brush engine, one chief car, eight paid staff members, and five volunteers. One brush engine from Upper Pine Fire Protection District responded through an existing mutual aid agreement but was cancelled before arrival on scene.
The origin and cause of both fires is under investigation at this time. There are no firefighter or civilian injuries to report.
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Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Randy Larson, Fire Chief

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