Columbine Ranger District fire crews are monitoring a third of an acre wildfire in the Beaver Meadows area of the San Juan National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a press release on Thursday.
Light smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 160 between Bayfield and Yellow Jacket Pass. The lightning strike is smoldering in aspen and conifer stands near Jungle Canyon and ATV Trail #717 in the Beaver Meadows area.
Public access to the ATV trail and the Beaver Meadows Road is not currently affected. Fire crews, assisted by a Type III engine, are currently near the fire assessing options for reducing exposure to firefighters. The weather forecast calls for increased humidity and chance of precipitation this weekend and next week. For more information, contact the Columbine Ranger District at 884-2512.