PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO (KRQE) – Fire crews are battling a fire northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire was caused by lightning on June 15. The fire is burning in the Sand Creek drainage about 21 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. The fire is within an area previously burned in 2012.
On Monday, the Forest Service said large air tankers made 15 retardant drops over the Sand Creek Fire Sunday and a VLAT, Very Large Air Tanker, made one drop as well, effectively slowing the spread of the fire. They also say the retardant will buy firefighters’ time to develop tactics to successfully contain the fire in the days ahead. One hundred ten people are now working on the fire.