Crestone Eagle, July 2008:
Lighting starts fire on Gibson Peak
by Mary Lowers
As the Eagle goes to press, the small
Gibson Peak Fire that started June 18 was still burning four
miles north and 2,000 ft. above the Town of Crestone near
the wilderness boundary below the peak itself at an elevation
of 10,000 ft. The fire, apparently caused by lightning, is
approximately two acres in size and is fueled by pinon and
juniper on a rocky ridge. The fire is being closely monitored
by Forest Service Fire Officials and is expected to burn out.
As of June 23 the fire was putting out very little smoke.
The fire produced smoke that could be seen in the northern
Valley. After accessing the fire, Forest Service fire officials
decided to let the fire burn—what is called a Wilderness
Fire Use. This allows the naturally caused fire under strict
monitoring to continue burning for ecological benefit.
As of June 23, a small fire was reported two miles south
of U.S. Hwy. 160 between South Fork and Del Norte in the Shaw
Creek area. It was suppressed because it was near private
land. A third fire was reported on the same day west of Saguache.
As of late June this half acre fire was still being suppressed.
Fire danger is reported to be high below 10,000 ft. and moderate
above that elevation. Fire danger is expected to increase
until the monsoons bring rain to the Valley. People are cautioned
to be extremely careful with any fire—including fireworks—and
make sure all camp fires are out cold!
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