Red Flag warning issued again for region, Ice Fire at 596 acres

  • A photo of the Ice Fire taken at night earlier this week, courtesy San Juan National Forest.
    A photo of the Ice Fire taken at night earlier this week, courtesy San Juan National Forest.
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Despite high winds and dry conditions, the Ice Fire near Silverton has remained under 600 acres and is estimated to be 30 percent contained, according to today's update from Ice Fire public information officers.

The fire started Monday afternoon and is burning in a rugged, steep area near Ice Lakes. Avalanche chutes and rock formations on the northeast side of the fire have helped keep it in check, but crews are still working on the north side of the fire to keep it away from South Mineral Creek Road. Protecting the campground has been a goal of the fire operations.

Firefighters are working on the edges of the blaze and fighting the hot spots on the perimeter to help keep it from spreading.

Weather forecasts indicate hot, windy, dry conditions will persist until Saturday night, when the weather is expected to change and a cold front is forecasted to enter the region. A storm system is expected to move into the area on Saturday night and possibly bring precipitation and colder temperatures, which will help slow down the fire.

Fire danger remains high in the San Juans and Stage 1 fire restrictions were reinstated for unincorporated Ouray County and the City of Ouray earlier this week, as well as the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests. The Town of Ridgway already had fire restrictions in place.