In the early stages of a fire like this information is difficult to come by. Later today a type 2 incident crew will be taking over the fire. Last night things were happening so fast I could not keep up with it, that is why I posted what I did on the blog. Going forward I will be covering everything on the site and posting to Facebook just like I normally do with storms.
As of 11 pm last night, the latest information I saw showed the fire at 895 acres. The eastern edge of the fire should be around 12-13 miles west of Durango West.
Winds are the most critical parameter for me to cover this morning. Here are the winds at 9 am. Until then the winds will be very light and erratic. By 9 am here you can see they start out of the southeast. The 11 (mph) is in Cortez, as you see it is slightly higher to east near the fire.
Here is 10 am, it is very similar. But the winds are turning more southerly.
It’s going to be a long day. Check back for updates. Next update around 9 am. I will update the wind forecast past 10 am at that time. I do expect the winds to transition to southwest this afternoon.