The Associated Press reports, about 350 primary and vacation homes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains have been evacuated. Expect to see large smoke columns in this area today. Firefighters are performing fuel mitigation and structure preparation in the communities of Piney Ridge and Raspberry Mountain. It was thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and was determined to be human caused, the suspect has been arrested. The fire has burned a combination of private and Bureau of Land Management lands 32 miles northwest of Craig. I got my dogs and got out.
Firefighters may conduct firing operations in this area as needed. Significant fire behavior was seen in the Silver Mountain area, and the fire continued to grow overnight. I'm gonna go see a doctor this week and check for everything. Authorities now believe the fire was human-caused. Firefighters are scouting for opportunities for further line construction in Division K in the southeast-south, and more heavy equipment is being moved into this area. Air tankers are in use, and the Spring Fire now has two National Guard Blackhawk helicopters participating in air operations along with currently assigned resources. Cropped by Wildfire Today from a map prepared by the Incident Management Team, with a modified legend.
The fire continues to follow heavy fuels, moving downslope eastward toward Highway 12 north of Pine Haven. A community meeting is planned for 6:00 p. They are in a pre-evacuation stage for an area West of Hwy 12 and South of Hwy 160 to County Road 451. At a 2 pm briefing than had not yet been confirmed by the fire had grown in the dry windy conditions west of the La Veta Pass summit. Officially, the fire swept over an additional at night, when wildfires normally lay down as temperatures drop.
Indirect contingency lines are in progress, anchoring to the 421 road and Highway 12, with the goal of keeping the fire west of La Veta. The department has a crew of three deployed to the Spring Creek Fire to work line control and structure protection. These maps were made with Google Earth using fire perimeter data collected at 12:53 a. Structures have been lost in the Spring Fire. A number of fires are raging throughout Colorado.
The Spring Creek Fire in southern Colorado continues to expand in size and is now said said to be the in Colorado history. Volunteers will be handing out blankets, food, and water. Weston Pass Fire The was ignited on June 28 by a lightning strike about 9 miles southwest of Fairplay, Colorado. Spring Creek Fire Management remains committed to public safety and is working with local officials and land managers to meet common goals and objectives. Pre-evacuations for the Spring Fire have expanded to Las Animas County, making it now three Colorado counties impacted by the massive wildfire. Winds will be from the west-southwest at 12-15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
On Tuesday, firefighters worked on improving firelines near Purgatory Ski Resort, in case the fire approaches the resort. One structure was lost on Wednesday, although firefighters were able to protect several other structures. This fire which began Wednesday in Costilla County approximately five miles east of Fort Garland has now entered Huerfano County and continues moving east toward Highway 160 and the community of La Veta. Because the fire was too intense the couple were unable to get to the horses until today. The meeting will also be streamed on Facebook live.
For current evacuation and re-entry information, residents may call 211. Officials released the following reminders for those planning to re-enter Forbes Park: - Rapid tags required for all adults - Wear boots and protective clothing. Cumulus clouds are likely to develop mid-morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am with wind gusts up to 30 mph near those storms; otherwise winds will primarily be out of the southwest 13-18 mph. The fire grew a little more from Sunday to Monday, and to date has now burned 107,627 acres. More than 60 large wildfires are burning throughout the United States, particularly in the West.
The geography between Raspberry Mountain and the communities of Pinehaven and Cuchara Village is extremely challenging with significant beetle kill fuel, rough terrain and narrow canyons. Conditions today could lead to dangerous outflow winds that contribute to erratic and problematic fire behavior. These meetings will provide resources to evacuees as well as a fire update. Moreover, the number of structures destroyed by the blaze now stands at 132. Investigators have not said how it started and that it is still under investigation, but they ruled out trains in the area causing the wildfire. Special notes: The fire acreage is now 78,941. According to , Park County officials were forced to shut down a large portion of Highway 285 on Saturday.
They haven't been able to get into the area yet to get a look around because the fire has been so dangerous. Authorities announced that Highway 230 and Highway 10 have been reopened to all traffic. Outlook Planned Actions Resources are continuing suppression repair in all divisions where necessary. Flash flooding is a concern if the fire receives wetting rains. Extreme fire behavior visible from over the — Utah Fire Info UtahWildfire. Original story: Colorado fire officials continue to battle several large wildfires, including the 416 fire outside of Durango and the rapidly growing Spring Creek fire near Fort Garland.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Chama, Redwing, Malachite, and Badito due to the Spring Fire. Map of the Spring Creek Fire, from data collected at 9:58 p. There are multiple evacuations in place; for current evacuation information, please call Huerfano County Emergency Operations Center at 719-695-9604 and Costilla County Emergency Operations Center at 719-480-8719. The has burned more than 100,000 acres since it started 8 days ago, that's larger than all of Denver. Costilla County Emergency Management reported on twitter that blaze was fully contained on Monday, months after it started. Officials say the fire has grown dramatically to more than 5 square miles, and it is not contained. Between these two points, the Pre-Evacuation Area runs from Highway 69 north to the Huerfano County Line.