News Release

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Durango Interagency Type3 Incident Management Team


Crews quickly responded to the Arkansas Loop Fire on  Saturday evening, buildlng fire lines which proved to be beneficial in the suppression. The fire progressed directly to the line, which held the fire to only 12 acres. 

The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightening  recent storms bringing much needed moisture to the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. 

Smoke is no longer visible from County Road 318. Please  go to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Environmental Programs Division Ambient Monitoring page at air-quality/ambient-monitoring/

Fire Conditions & Weather

Fire conditions are still moderate. Portions of the  Reservation have received little to no moisture, but fire conditions are slowly improving.

Location: On the Southern Ute Reservation

Started: Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

Cause: Lightening

Fire Size Today: 12 acres

Containment: 40%

Structures Lost: 0

Ground Resources: 38 firefighters total, 2  modules, 2 Type-3 and 3 Type-6 engines 

Evacuation Information: There are no  evacuations ordered at this time 

Follow Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social  media or BIA Fire Management 970.563.4571 

Closures: Roads near the fire are open.  Smoke is in the area. Travelers can check road status at or by calling 511 or 303.639.1111 

Temporary Flight Restriction: No temporary  flight restriction are in effect. 

Management: Durango Interagency Type 3  Team

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Durango Interagency Type3 Incident Management Team