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Firefighters contain 3-acre blaze on Missionary Ridge

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 10:26 AM
Firefighters are suppressing a 3-acre fire in the old burn scar area of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire.

Firefighters have fully contained a three-acre wildfire burning in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn scar area north of Durango, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters continued to monitor the fire Tuesday night, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the San Juan National Forest.

The lightning-caused fire had been smoldering for about three days before being discovered Monday.

The fire produced visible smoke Monday, the first hot and dry day in a while, Fitzgerald said. The Forest Service received a call about the fire at 5:43 p.m. Monday and flew in a 10-person helitack crew to work through the night with assistance from helicopter water drops.

The fire is located on Missionary Ridge between Haflin Canyon and Stevens Creek, Fitzgerald said. It's about three miles southeast of Hermosa and a mile east of Trimble Lane (County Road 252).

Two smaller wildfires have been contained, including one between Lemon and Vallecito reservoirs and one near Bear Creek. Both fires were less than an acre in size.

<PARAGRAPH style="Shirttail">rsimonovich@durangoherald.com

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