UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 3/22/2023 9:53 p.m.
(PROWERS COUNTY, Colo.) — According to a press release from the Prowers County Commissioners, fire crews have established a fire line around the fire burning east of Lamar and hope to keep it contained overnight if wind conditions remain unchanged.
The press release states that Prowers County Rural Fire responded Wednesday afternoon to a fire near County Road 19. The fire grew quickly due to dry and windy conditions, and Rural Fire called for assistance from multiple fire departments in the region as well as Prowers County Road and Bridge.
Crews worked throughout the afternoon and cut a path around the fire, containing it to the area around the Arkansas River bottom. Crews do not believe any structures have been lost nor are any believed threatened at this time, if wind conditions hold.
Power is out in some parts of Prowers County from the loss of power poles, though the County Commissioners said crews are working to make repairs to those utility poles as soon as it is safe to do so.
Fire crews gain ground on fire east of Lamar
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 3/22/2023 7:36 p.m.
A Prowers County Commissioner confirmed to FOX21 News that fire crews have cut a path around the fire burning east of Lamar, containing it to the bottom of a river bed.
Five fire departments responded to fight the fire, and are continuing to monitor it in case winds pick up again.
The Commissioner said crews have not been able to determine how many acres have burned as of Wednesday evening.
ORIGINAL STORY: Large fire burning east of Lamar
WEDNESDAY 3/22/2023 6:16 p.m.
A large fire is burning east of Lamar, the Lamar Fire Department (LFD) confirms.
LFD said multiple crews are on scene fighting the fire amidst Red Flag conditions and high winds. Red Flag conditions will remain in effect until 8 p.m.
FOX21 News has reached out to multiple agencies in Prowers County for more information on possible evacuations and the exact location of the fire and will update this article when we learn more.