The Perins Peak Fire continues to burn slowly on the outskirts of the largest city in the Four Corners. Firefighters are helped by light winds and the fire is heading towards a previous burn scar. This weekend, however, bring cause for concern. The National Weather Service predicts southwesterly winds of up to 40 miles per hour for the region through Memorial Day weekend.
Here is an overview of the main facts about the fire. For now, we’re avoiding area and containment numbers, as these numbers often change quickly.
Facts about the Perins Peak fire
- Approximate date/time of ignition: Around 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022
- Location: 2.5 km west of Durango
- Contact information : 37.299 latitude, -107.912 longitude
- Approximate burn area: From the bottom of Rockridge Trail to the top of Perins Peak
- Fuels: Dense Gambel oak, mixed coniferous forest
- Cause: Under investigation, but suspected to be of human origin
- Answer: Air and land
- Coordination: Type 3 Incident Management Team in San Juan
- Additional staff: San Juan Interagency Hotshots, Wyoming Interagency Hotshots (other hotshot teams arrive Thursday, May 26)
- Demographic impacts: Pre-evacuation orders remain in effect as of Thursday, May 26 for the Dry Fork and Rockridge subdivisions and County Roads 206 and 208. Smoke is possible in Durango.
- Closures: Access to Overend Mountain Park, Twin Buttes and Perins State Wildlife Area trails.
- Short term fire time: Sunny Thursday and Friday. South/southwest winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Raised in the mid 80’s.
- Weekend fire weather: Partly cloudy. Southwest winds gusting to 40 mph with blowing dust. Low humidity. Temperatures drop from the mid-80s to mid-70s. A fire weather watch is in effect on Saturdays and is possible on Sundays and Mondays. Red flag warnings are also a possibility.