Two days of successful burnouts on Saturday have helped move the Weber Fire into the mop-up stage.
Officials say the fire will transfer management back to a Type 3 because mop-up is a less complex activity. No other burnouts are planned.
This transfer helps reduce overall costs and allows the Type II Team to respond to more involved incidents. In the meantime, firefighters are continuing efforts to ensure the fire remains within the established perimeter by strengthen the existing line.
The Weber Fire has burned 10,133 acres and is 75 percent contained. Residents and visitors should expect to see intermittent smoke as mop up continues.
For those interested in the rehabilitation of the burn area, a public meeting will be held Monday night at the Mancos High School Performing Arts Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Representative from the BLM, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Red Cross, and the State of Colorado will be there to provide information moving forward.
Following wildfires, restoration activities are critical for re-establishing native vegetation and stabilizing soils to limit erosion from monsoonal rains.