A wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southern Colorado has burned an estimated 220 acres.
The Six Shooter Fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the Six Shooter Canyon, and it was caused by lightning during weekend storms, according to a news release from the Southern Ute tribe. Ground crews made progress on the fire and it is now 15% contained.
The tribe is working with oil and gas operators to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact, the news release said.
Smoke is visible from Colorado 550 and County Road 318 and in local communities. The Southern Ute tribe asks anyone concerned about air quality and health implications to visit: https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/justice-and-regulatory/epd/air-quality/ambient-monitoring/
The Durango Interagency Incident Management Team is managing the fire suppression and multiple agencies are working, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management, Los Piños Fire Protection District and Durango Fire. Along with ground crews, heavy equipment and utility terrain vehicles are deployed to fight the fire.
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