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Crew deals with small fire near Perins Peak

Cause of blaze under investigation

A crew and engine from Durango Fire Protection District on loan to the federal government responded to a small fire this week in the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area.

The fire was less than 2 acres in size, and DFPD Fire Marshal Karola Hanks said the fire did not appear to be serious. The fire was reported Wednesday, and the DFPD crew spent all day Thursday working with federal firefighters, she said.

Additional aid will be provided by DFPD if needed, Hanks said.

Hanks said the crew on loan to the federal government is either a two- or three-person crew and a Type 6 fire engine.

Reports of small, lightning-ignited fires have been common during the monsoon, but Hanks said she was unsure if that was the cause of the Perins Peak fire.

The Perins Peak fire was the only one the DFPD was assisting with as of Thursday, Hanks said. The hazy skies are likely the result of a combination of the regional fires, she said.


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