Fire behavior described as ‘extreme’
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Duckett Fire, burning in south-central Colorado, has quickly grown to 1,000 acres, according to an Inciweb.org update issued Monday (June 13) morning. The fire is in Custer County, northwest of Westcliffe and west of Hwy 191, on the San Isabel National Forest.
The fire is burning in grasslands, brush, juniper and ponderosa pine forests with fire behavior characterized as “extreme.”
The U.S. Forest Service has responded to the latest Colorado wildfire with five engines and is working with local cooperators to suppress the fire.
Windy conditions have kept available air resources grounded.
Residents should be aware of heavy fire traffic in the area. Individuals may find updates on this fire and other incidents at http://www.inciweb.org/ or they can follow the Pike-San Isabel NF on Twitter for frequent updates.
Some of the latest Twitter traffic on the fire:
Duckett Fire Update – Crews put in handline and dozer line through the night. Today's winds will test these lines.—
USFS_Pike&San Isabel (@PSICC_NF) June 13, 2011
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