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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 08/31/09
Contacts: Lee Ann Loupe, 970-874-6717 (business hours), 970-596-0246 (afterhours cell phone).    

Tabeguache Creek Fire


Montrose, Colo. – Interagency resources out of the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit (MIFMU) continue to manage the Tabeguache Creek Fire that began by lightening on the afternoon of August 29. The fire is estimated to be 950 acres in size and had an active burning period yesterday afternoon while a thunderstorm moved over the fire and through the area. The fire is burning on national forest lands within the Uncompahgre National Forest, in portions of the Tabeguache Special Management Area. 
 
The fire continues to be managed for multiple objectives. Priorities include continuing to manage the fire away from private land and to protect 3 seasonal-use cabins and one outbuilding through suppression on private lands.  Other portions of the fire (on national forest lands) are being managed to reduce heavy woody vegetation and downed fuels and to improve wildlife habitat, in areas where fires would naturally occur to sustain the ecosystem.
 
Interagency resources currently assigned to the fire include 14 Smokejumpers, 3 engines, 2 bulldozers and two “hot shot” crews comprised of 20-persons each. Aircraft working on the fire on Sunday included 3 Single Engine Airtankers (SEATS) and 2 helicopters. One SEAT and one helicopter continue to be assigned to the Tabeguache Fire today, although depending on wind conditions, initial attack needs and other fires burning on the Western Slope, these resources could be reassigned. There is no estimate of containment or control.
 
In other areas within the MIFMU zone, initial attack activities are occurring on 17 other small fires that were started by lightening from the thunderstorm that moved through the area yesterday. These fires as small (1/4 acre or less) and single tree fires that resources are working on to suppress and are located on Bureau of Land Management lands in the Naturita Ridge and Sawtooth areas.
 
MEDIA NOTE: CORRECTED Fire information number. Fire updates will be available on the MIFMU Information line at: 970.249.1070


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