We would like to remind people that Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve remains open.
The southern portion of the Medano Fire continues to smolder. Higher humidity the last couple of days has tempered fire activity. Some areas experienced moderate levels of fire activity yesterday but total growth in the last two days was less than 30 acres. Afternoon winds resulted in visible smoke from Colorado Highway 69.
The weather forecast for today and the next few days calls for cooler temperatures, thunderstorms and precipitation. Firefighters will take advantage of this break in the weather to complete fire line south of the fire’s perimeter and to reinforce line along the northeast side of the fire before warm dry conditions return later this week.
Fire managers are assessing conditions for burning out fuels between the edge of the fire and the fire line on the San Isabel National Forest. The goal is to corral the fire by removing fuels using lower intensity fire.