Overcast conditions set up a successful burnout operation on the East Peak Fire today. “I’m very pleased with the results of the burnout today. It went really smoothly,” said Craig Beckner, Operations Section Chief. Aided by favorable winds from southeast, the burnout operation helped to reinforce control line on the southern boundary of the fire.
On the western perimeter, a very large airtanker made a retardant drop that will assist firefighters with constructing handlinetomorrow in very steep terrain.
Cooler conditions and overcast skies kept the fire from gaining much acreage and is now at 12,996 acres.
Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for a large portion of the fire area. However, Huerfano County Sheriff, Bruce Newmann, started letting residents back into some closure areas. From his message to the community:
The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department will start letting residents back into the Silver Spur Subdivision, Blackhawk Subdivision, and Riverridge Subdivision. Any homes south of these locations will also be allowed to return home. These homes and subdivisions are still on an evacuation notice and if notified to leave they will have 10 minutes to get out. People with breathing problems are advised not to return home because of smoke. Huajatolla is still in mandatory evacuation.
Road blocks will be set up at County Road 340 (Bear Creek) and County Road 358 (Mesa Road) at County Road 330 (Ideal Road) and County Road 310 (Shultz Canyon) at County Road 312 above the Blackhawk entrance, and County Road 360 (Huajatolla Road) and County Road 362.
Blackhawk on the west of County Road 312 will not be allowed back in. Resident’s will have to show I.D. at the check points to get home.
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