Pipeline Complex Fire: 100% Contained

Fire as seen Wednesday, July 9. (Credit: Stanley Strock)
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Firefighters made significant gains over the weekend as they worked to contain two fires burning on Fisher's Peak near Trinidad.

Containment on the two fires, known together as the Pipeline Complex Fire, leaped from 66 percent containment Saturday to 100 percent Monday morning. Firefighters are still remaining at the perimeter to monitor the fires in case the situation changes.

Authorities say the rainfall over the weekend greatly assisted firefighting efforts.

Both fires were caused by a lightning storm last week and are burning on steep, rugged terrain within a few miles of each other. Neither have prompted any evacuation orders and are not threatening any structures.

Together they have burned 100 acres.

The first fire to be spotted, the Pipeline Fire, made its presence known July 9 as numerous residents began seeing a heavy plume of smoke rising from the mesa. The fire gets its name from a nearby pipeline, but officials say the pipeline is unaffected by the blaze and remains "secure and operational."

The second fire, known by itself as the Crazy Fire, is burning on private land three miles from the Pipeline Fire.

Authorities say that the Pipeline Complex Fire appears to no longer be a threat, but remind those residents that they are not "out of the woods yet" for fire danger due to continuing lightning storms in the area.

A spokeswoman for the Pipeline Fire Complex tells 11 News they are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. In statement released Monday, authorities thanked the community for their help during firefighting efforts.

"The team would like to thank the community and local agencies for their support. We could not have done this job without them."

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