After two days of burnout operations on the northern perimeter of the Weber Fire, operations were effectively completed Saturday. That activity removed a significant portion of the remaining heavy fuels that were of concern to fire officials.
Officials report the fire size at 10,133 acres (15.8 square miles) and containment at 65 percent. Acreage by ownership is: BLM – 7,435 acres, Colorado State – 901 acres, and private property 1,797 acres.
Motorists along U.S. Highway 160 east of Mancos are advised to use caution on roadways, as visibility may be limited. Persons with asthma or other breathing difficulties are encouraged to stay indoors or temporarily leave the area until smoke diminishes.
This evening and for the next couple of days, firefighters will continue to mop up and patrol the fire perimeter.
Excess fire personnel will begin the process of re-assignment to other incidents or demobilization tomorrow.
Road closures and evacuation information can be obtained from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 564-4999 or (970) 564-4996.
Information about this and other fires can be found at www.inciweb.org. Follow us on Twitter @weberfireinfo.