San Isabel Fire Update, Tuesday afternoon

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Tuesday, April 3, 2 pm. According to Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris,  The San Isabel fire is contained with mop up crews continuing to make sure that any burning timber is down and moved to safe “black areas”.  Some hot spots and flare ups continue. One hot shot crew has been released and it is expected that the second hot shot crew will be released this evening.  Norris is expecting “closure” of the fire this evening with only monitoring of area after that.  He reports that a total of around 228 acres of mixed grassland and forested area were burned.  At one point there were firefighters and equipment from all of the Saguache County fire departments providing mutual aid, plus assistance from Alamosa, the US Forest Service and hot shot crews.  Air support was not called in due to the extreme wind conditions.
The cause of the fire was said to be the result of landowner Gary Boyce using a tractor to clean ditches and having the tractor blade strike rocks causing sparks.  Norris said that Boyce at first tried to suppress the fire, but the strong winds quickly spread the flames.  The fire was contained to the Boyce Ranch and no structures were burned. Norris commended the firefighters for their quick and professional response.  Saying “Everybody pulled together on this.  The resources were great, and we’ve got some great people who worked hard under very difficult conditions.”
The Red Cross responded with food and supplies, the Scenic Country Station also provided food to emergency personnel and Neighbors Helping Neighbors helped served several meals to the crews at the POA Hall where the hot shot crews bunked for the night.

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