The Air Park Fire south of Durango, measured at 514 acres at 7 p.m. Sunday, did not make any significant runs during the night. According to the Durango Interagency Dispatch Center, a very small amount of precipitation fell over the fire last night. The fire has been backing down the ridge towards Basin Creek. There is no containment on the fire.
Approximately 50 firefighters are working the fire this morning and more crews are expected to arrive throughout the day. Two heavy air tankers and a SEAT were expected to be working the fire by Monday afternoon.
One helicopter was assisting firefighters with water drops Monday morning and a larger helicopter was expected this afternoon. Firefighters will be working to keep the fire west of La Posta Road, south of Nighthorse Reservoir, north of Indian Creek and east of Box Canyon.
Crews from Durango Fire & Rescue and Upper Pine Fire will be evaluating structures in Trapper’s Crossing as a precaution. The fire is approximately two miles east of Trapper’s Crossing. All pre-evacuation notices issued Sunday afternoon remain in effect.
Fire managers are evaluating the possibility of conducting a burnout operation in the “bowl” just to the east of Basin Creek Road near Lake Nighthorse. This will allow them to burn up to the fire which is backing down from the ridge. Because of the steep, rugged terrain in the area this will be the best way for firefighters to control the fire on the west side. Notice will be sent to the media if the burnout happens.
Gusty winds and thunderstorms are predicted for late afternoon and early evening. Since fires in pinyon and juniper are typically driven by winds, an increase in fire activity is possible this afternoon. There is a possibility of heavy rain. Wind gusts could reach 18 mph and become erratic with the approach of the thunderstorms.