18 fires break out on the South Ute Indian Reservation

Box of Lindsay J.
Southern Ute Indian Reservation

The North Cinder Butte area fires are located throughout the western side of the reservation. Fire crews responded to 5 fires and the fires are being prioritized.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management and Los Piños Fire Protection District, Fort Lewis Mesa and Colorado State Helicopter responded. A Type II IA crew, 4 engines and air support were ordered.

Smoke is visible from the CO highway. 140 corridor. People should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100. Smoke will be visible to local communities. For more information on air quality, go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

The cause of the fires in the North Cinder Butte area is the result of the recent thunderstorm. The tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure public safety and minimize the impact of the fire. The tribe is also working with area oil and gas operators to shut down facilities near the fire to mitigate any potential impact these operators have on first responders’ ability to contain the fire.

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Nohemi M. Moore