Six Shooter Fire reaches 60% containment

Six Shooter Fire on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation June 16, 2020.(Photo: Howard Richards, Jr.)

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Fire first reported on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on June 16, 2020

News Release

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

The Six Shooter Fire was reported on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation at approximately 15:30, June 16, 2020. The fire is located in the Six Shooter Canyon.

Crews have suppressed the Six Shooter Fire to 60% containment. Personnel spent the day constructing fire lines which held the fire to no new acreage. The Six Shooter Fire has burnt a total of 224 acres.

The Durango Interagency IMT 3 will maintain management of the Six Shooter Fire and multiple agencies continue to work to fully suppress the fire. There are a total of 110 personnel working to suppress the fire. Ground resources include fire personnel, 2 crews, 4 modules, 7 type-6 fire engines, and one dozer. Air resources will be ordered as needed.

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06.18.2020 - Six Shooter Fire Updates(Image: Southern Ute Indian Tribe)

Smoke from the Six Shooter Fire has improved. To monitor the air quality related to the Six Shooter Fire, please go the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Environmental Programs Division Ambient Monitoring page at: https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/justice-and-regulatory/epd/air-quality/ambient-monitoring/

The Tribe is working with oil and gas operators to monitor operations near the impacted fire area.

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Monday, May 11, 2020 and will remain in effect until conditions improve. 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

STAGE I

General Public:

Prohibited acts:

1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.

2. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.

3. CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.

4. FIREWORKS. Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

For more information on the Six Shooter Fire, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

To report fires contact:

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

For more information or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

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