Another lightning-caused wildfire has erupted near Durango, Colorado.
The 186 Fire is burning in the Stevens Creek drainage north of Durango. Multiple fire resources are on the scene including a helicopter, air attack plane, two air tankers, and at least 50 firefighters, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Currently, this lightning-caused fire is 20.7 acres in size and burning in heavy dead and down material left from the Missionary Ridge Fire.
Durango-based photographer and videographer, Hank Blum captured some of the wildfire fighting efforts on camera. As seen below, an air tanker is spotted dropping retardant around targeted areas to help prevent the fire from spreading into steeper terrain.
Ask and you shall receive. Here is a court side seat while they attack the 186 Fire, 10 acre fire caused by lightning. Thanks to the men and women keeping Durango safe. 🙏🏼😊@VisitDurango @krqe #186fire @DenverChannel @CBSNews @Colorado @ABC pic.twitter.com/sZR2w9MtET
— Hank Blum (@hankblum) June 12, 2019
Crews are making good progress and expect the fire to be contained within the next 24-48 hours. While additional fire growth has not yet occurred, smoke will still be visible from Hermosa and along Highway 550.
The 186 fire is located roughly 1/3 mile uphill from the 156 Fire, burning above Bar D Ranch on Missionary Ridge in San Juan National Forest earlier last week. Both of these recent fires were caused by lightning and located in the area burned in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire, according to the San Juan National Forest.
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