The 416 Fire burning north of Durango, CO on the San Juan National Forest. By Priscilla Sherman.
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San Juan National Forest Closure and Fire Restriction Information
- SJNF Fire Restrictions Homepage
- Includes links to other forest, county and city restrictions
- Check out what is still open here!
- SJNF Fire Closure Areas Map
- SJNF Special Closure Order
- Stage I, II, and III restrictions explained
- Video: San Juan National Forest Supervisor, Kara Chadwick, explaining the closure.
Rio Grande National Forest Information
416 & Burro Fire Updates:
Fire Mitigation Resources: Planning for the Future
- Colorado State Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Page
- Creating Wildfire-Defensible Space Zones
- Protect your Home, Property & Forest from Wildfire
- Videos on forest, fire, and mitigation
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado Mitigation Resources
- Includes Chipper Rebate Program, a contractor list, and free site visit information
- Are you FireWise?/ Notebook
- Checklist: What to do when you are threatened by a wildfire
Regeneration after Fire
- Fire Ecology in Colorado
- When wildfires rage, where do animals go?
- Vegetation Recovery after Wildfire
- Restoring Composition and Structure in Southwestern Frequent-Fire Forests
- Mixed Severity Fire Fosters Heterogeneous Spatial Patterns of Conifer Regeneration in a Dry Conifer Forest
- Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Flora
Additional Scientific Resources:
Post-burn Resources: Regeneration after Fire
- La Plata County: “Flood after Fire: Resources and Preparedness Tools”
- CSU Extention “On Returning Home”
- CSU Extension “Assessing Damage”
- CSU Extension “Fire Landscape and Forest Recovery”
- Living With Fire website “After the Fire”
Criteria for Stage III Restrictions (must meet 8/10, SJNF meets all 10)
1) A measured 1,000-hour time lag fuel moisture content of 12 percent or less.
2) A seasonal energy release component (ERC) above the 80th percentile. (We are above the 100th percentile- see below)
3) The ignition component is 80 percent or above.
4) A three-day burning index that is above the 80th percentile.
5) Fire danger rating adjective class is very high or extreme.
6) That fire occurrence is impacting available suppression resources, making adequate initial attack difficult.
7) Local area preparedness level is three or above.
8) The local area is receiving high occurrences of fires and human-caused risk is expected to increase.
9) Adverse fire weather conditions and risks are predicted to continue.
10) And, finally, implementation of existing fire restrictions is not adequately reducing human-caused fires.
– Pagosa Sun, full article here.
Graph of the energy release component, or flammability of fuels. From Tony Cheng at Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.
For scientific articles about fire, restoration, forest ecology and more, go to this page.