A crew of 275 personnel continued to secure the perimeter of the fire, which started around 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22, as the result of downed power lines near Highway 145 and Goodenough Road. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour then fueled the blaze into MacKenzie Creek Canyon.
The fire has primarily burned on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land near the San Miguel/Montrose county border, consuming fuels including oak, brush, ponderosa pine, grass, sage and some pinyon-juniper woodlands.
Due to warm weather, relative low humidity and gusty winds a Red Flag Warning indicating the potential for large fire growth in the area remains until 9 p.m. tonight, however, officials do not anticipate an increase in the fire’s size, according to the press release.
To date, no structures have been lost nor are currently threatened by the fire. One minor knee injury has been reported.
On Saturday May 29, the U.S. Forest Service type II fire management team that took over management of the fire suppression effort earlier this week will transition the incident to a type III fire management organization.
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