Fire burns 634 acres in HD Mountains

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 1:11 PM
The Forest Service is expanding the burn area of the 842 Fire in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield to improve forest health.

Although thunderstorms moved through the area, the 842 Fire received almost no rain, and dry weather conditions allowed fire crews to burn 111 acres this weekend in the HD Mountains near Chimney Rock National Monument, which brought the fire to a total of 634 acres burned.

On Monday, firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol areas of the fire that were previously burned, while others will be scouting for burnouts planned for Tuesday on the southwest flank.

"We're doing everything we can today to set ourselves up for success tomorrow," said Jerran Flinders, the incident commander on the fire.

Visitors are reminded that there are currently no restrictions in the area, but they should be aware that fire activity could increase at any time, and should avoid the area, if possible.

Unburned interior areas will continue to burn and produce smoke and may be visible from Colorado Highway 151 and U.S. Highway 160 near the HD Mountains and Chimney Rock; however, this smoke should be light and well-dispersed.

The fire was initially ignited by a lightning strike last week. Forest service managers decided to expand the area of the fire to reduce dry fuels in the area.

For more information, contact Chris Tipton, Columbine District fire management officer, at 884-1427, the Columbine District Office at 884-2512, or visit