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Update: Buster Fire in Dolores County extinguished

The Buster Fire, which burned on the San Juan National Forest north of McPhee Reservoir, has been extinguished. (Courtesy Dolores County Emergency Management Office)
Rain helped put out 3-acre wildfire in San Juan National Forest

The Buster Fire, 10 miles north of McPhee Reservoir, has been extinguished.

The wildfire in the San Juan National Forest started Thursday. Friday, federal and local fire crews stopped it at 3 acres and reached 50% containment.

Timely rain Saturday helped put out the fire, said Keith Keesling, Dolores County emergency manager.

“Crew are mopping up and received help from above,” he said in a Facebook post. A crew verified Sunday that it had been extinguished.

Thursday, a federal Type 2 wildfire crew, including two Type 1 heavy helicopters, responded to the blaze. Cortez Fire Protection District also sent a crew and brush truck.

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Wildfire breaks out in San Juan forest in Dolores County

In all, about 40 personnel worked the blaze, said San Juan National Forest Fire Management Officer Tracy Milakovic.

Ponds supplied water for the helicopters and fire trucks, which included a 6,000-gallon tanker.

The cause of the fire was being investigated Monday by the San Juan National Forest.

No structure was damaged or threatened, Keesling said.

The fire burned southeast of Narraguinnep Canyon east of County Road 27/Forest Road 414. It burned along a road to the Glade Ranch subdivision, about 2 miles from the fire.