Burn-out operations increase fire to 407 acres in HD Mountains

Favorable weather allows crews to torch overgrown forest near Bayfield

The Forest Service is expanding the burn area of the 842 Fire in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield to improve forest health. Enlarge photo

Courtesy of InciWeb

The Forest Service is expanding the burn area of the 842 Fire in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield to improve forest health.

Weather conditions on Thursday allowed U.S. Forest Service crews to burn 370 acres in the HD Mountains near Chimney Rock National Monument, which brought the 842 Fire to a total of 407 acres burned.

Burn-out operations are used to help guide and contain the fire, ensure the safety of firefighters and the public, reduce fuel-loading on the landscape and prevent more severe wildfires in the future.

Operations east of Bayfield will continue through the weekend, weather permitting, and smoke may be visible from Colorado Highway 151 and U.S. Highway 160 near the HD Mountains and Chimney Rock.

Higher humidity and afternoon precipitation during the next 24 to 72 hours are in the forecast, which will help moderate fire activity.

No travel or camping restrictions are in place. However, visitors should be aware that fire activity could increase at any time.

The fire was initially ignited by a lightning strike earlier this week.

For more information, call the Columbine District Office at 884-2512 or visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5481.

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