Menkhaven Fire 90% contained

LA JARA — The Menkhaven Fire was reported to be 90% contained at 242 acres on Saturday, June 4, Rio Grande National Forest officials stated. Management of the fire was transferred to a Type 4 Incident Commander at 9 p.m. on June 3.

The remaining two engines and handcrew continue to seek out any remaining hotspots within the fire perimeter. Crews are also removing all unneeded equipment from the area. Firefighters will remain on scene for several more days as additional hotspots may be found. Smoke is expected to occasionally be seen from the fire’s interior.

“The incident commanders and agency leadership from Conejos County, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Rio Grande National Forest would like to thank the community for their graciousness and commitment to the management of the fire and their contribution to handling all the other ways that it affected our community. They also want to thank of all the firefighters and responders for their hard work. Our appreciation runs deep,” RGNF officials stated.

This will be the final update on the fire from the Rio Grande National Forest. The Inciweb page may be updated if significant new information is made available. Find the incident here: