Weber Fire is officially over

Outside firefighting teamsí efforts to fight the Weber Fire near Mancos have concluded.

Russ Reimersí Type 3 Incident Management Organization was expected to hand off control of the scene to the Bureau of Land Managementís Tres Rios Field Office on Saturday morning. On behalf of his group, Reimers expressed deep gratitude to the community and the cooperating agencies working on the Weber Fire.

The fire, which began late in the afternoon on June 22, burned 10,133 acres and one outbuilding. No homes were destroyed.

Precipitation Wednesday night helped cool hotspots inside the fire line, although smoke will continue to be visible from isolated logs and stumps well within the fireís perimeter. Agency standards require that the fire be completely mopped up at least 150 feet inside the line in the vicinity of structures, and 75 feet inside the perimeter elsewhere.

Most firefighters either returned to their homes or were transferred to other wildfires on Friday.

Lightning-strike fires continue to be reported throughout Southwest Colorado. Such fires can smolder undetected for several days before emitting smoke and flame.