The Bear Dance Fire started at approximately 12:23 p.m. on June 3. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire to 89 acres and is now 82% contained.
To observe the air quality status, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Air Quality Ambient Monitor page at https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/justice-and-regulatory/ epd/air-quality/ambient-monitoring/
Crews continue working to improve containment lines and removing hazards in the popular recreational area. Personnel are working safely to prepare the parks for use, please stay away from the area while the work is completed. No structures have been lost and no injuries were reported. The reservation remains in Stage I Fire Restrictions. Drones are strictly prohibited in the fire area. Please see the attached map for the fire burn area.
Fire Conditions are dry and can support fire growth and new fire starts. Fuels remain critically dry due to the mega drought conditions. Temperatures tomorrow are expected to be between 82- 92 degrees. Winds are expected to be 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 24 mph.
For more information, please contact BIA Fire Management at (970) 563.4751 or Lindsay J. Box, PIO, at (970) 553.0287.