Lightning causes 5-acre fire near Piedra River

A helicopter and ground crew were working Thursday afternoon on the KV Fire about one and a half miles north of U.S. Highway 160 up the First Fork Road in the San Juan National Forest. The lightning-caused wildfire, which is headed uphill on the west side of the Piedra River, is now estimated at about five acres in size. Gusty winds are expected in the area, and the fire could threaten nearby power lines and communication lines to the south. La Plata Electric Association has been notified and is on site. The fire is not threatening any other structures at this time, according to the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch.

A helicopter and a single engine air tanker (SEAT) are working the fire, as is one 20-person ground crew. Another SEAT, two heavy air tankers, and additional firefighting crews, including a hot shot team, have been ordered. The fire was ignited Wednesday night by lightning, along with two other small fires, also burning near the First Fork Road. One of those is currently estimated at a quarter-acre and the other at one tenth of an acre. The firefighters are addressing these smaller fires in addition to the KV Fire.