1:39 pm - Wednesday August 16, 2017

CORRECTED, Structure Protection and Fire line Construction Continues

Firefighters continue to construct and tie in existing lines around the fire perimeter while structure protection remains a priority.  The south/southwest portion of the fire is heavily timbered and has potential for active fire behavior this afternoon.  Resources continue to be ordered and are arriving daily.

 

Fire weather conditions are expected to increase fire activity in the afternoon.  The relative humidity is forecasted to be between 5-10 % with winds blowing FROM west to southwest direction.  Based on the weather forecast today expect similar fire activity as yesterday.  A red flag warning has been issued from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

There are an estimated 300 properties within the evacuation area.  An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the John Mall High School in Walsenburg, Colorado.  Evacuated animals, large or small can be taken to the Fairgrounds in La Veta, Colorado.

 

Firefighters continue to fight the fire aggressively while providing for public and firefighter safety first.  Marc Haines, Safety Officer for Rocky Mountain Team C, stated at this morning’s operational briefing, “I would like to thank the initial attack crews and the Type III organization for their exceptional safety record.”

 

Information about this and other fires can be found at www.inciweb.org. Follow us on Twitter @TeamC_FireInfo.

 

Facts at a Glance

  • Start Date: June 29, 2013
  • Location: 10 Miles Southwest of Walsenburg, Colorado
  • Cause: Remains under investigation
  • Size: Estimated at: 11,365 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Resources Committed: State, Local, and Federal Resources
  • Injuries to date: 0
  • Road closures: Previous closures remain in effect
  • Area Closure: Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area is closed  east of Highway 12

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