Spring Fire 35 percent contained, some evacuees allowed to return home

Local
Map shows the Spring Fire perimeter as of Friday morning. Spring Fire Facebook page

This article was last updated Friday, July 7. For the latest information, click here. 

Firefighters achieved a “a significant amount of containment” in the 105,704-acre Spring Fire Thursday, according to fire officials. 

The fire is 35 percent contained as of Thursday night. Rain fell across much of the fire area Thursday afternoon. 

Some mandatory evacuations lifted

Some mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Residents in the purple-shaded areas of Huerfano County may return to their homes as of 10 a.m. Friday. These areas remain under pre-evacuation, which means residents should be prepared to evacuate again at any time. 

Residents in the green-shaded areas remain under mandatory evacuation. 

Residents must have Rapid Tags to re-enter the evacuated area. Tap here for information on how to get a Rapid Tag. Keep your Rapid Tag with you after re-entering the evacuation zone. 

If your property is damaged, report it to the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1044 by 5 p.m. Friday. If you don’t have power, call San Isabel Electric at 1-800-279-7432. 

Dumpsters to dispose of spoiled food will be located on the railroad property in the 100 block of North Main Street by the railroad tracks. 

Until your water provider has notified you that the water is okay, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be brought to a vigorous boil for two minutes and cooled prior to consumption.

If you have a private well and your well was close to active burning and/or fire retardant, water can be tested for coliform bacteria. Water testing will be provided for private wells.

Temporary re-entry

A notification meeting for Forbes Park homeowners was held Thursday night. Most Forbes Park homeowners may now view their assessment reports at slvemergency.org .

Forbes Park property owners will be able to enter their properties for a four-hour period on Saturday. Details: 

  • Re-entry will be for residents in units A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and J. (See map in slideshow above.) Depending on fire behavior, residents in units K, L, M, N, and P may be able to enter as well. A decision will be made by the 1 p.m. evacuee meeting on Friday. 
  • Everyone in the vehicle must have a rapid tag to enter. Tap here for information on how to get a rapid tag
  • There will be a checkpoint at the road closure location in Fort Garland, and state patrol will escort cars to the Forbes Park entrance.
  • Residents can enter starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, and must be checked out by 1 p.m. No extensions will be granted. 
  • Cleaning kits and other resources will be available at the Forbes Community Center. 

Map provided by fire officials: 

Community meetings

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the La Veta High School gymnasium at 126 East Garland Street in La Veta. 

A community meeting is held at 1 p.m. daily at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center at 17591 East Highway 160. 

These meetings are also live streamed on the Spring Fire Facebook page

Evacuee assistance

The Costilla County disaster assistance center for is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial School at 14644 Highway 159 in San Luis. Resources include public health, housing resources, property cleanup, and behavioral health.

The Huerfano County Disaster Assistance Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the La Veta High School gymnasium at 126 East Garland Street. Services available include rapid tag re-entry identification, Red Cross, behavioral health, faith-based services, county social services, a veterans service officer, an internet cafe, and free licensed childcare. 

Public information numbers

For information about evacuations, re-entry, donations, and other community impacts in Costilla County, call 719-480-8719. In Huerfano County, call 211, or if you live outside of Colorado, call 719-583-6611.

For information about fire size, containment, resources, and other fire operations, call the incident management team at 719-695-9573. 

Evacuation centers

Red Cross evacuation centers have been set up at:

  • The Blanca Fort Garland Community Center at 17591 East Highway 160 in Blanca
  • The Huerfano Community Center at 928 Russel Street in Walsenburg

Highway closures

>> Tap here for the latest highway closures.

Firefighting efforts

A total of 1,444 firefighters are fighting the fire Friday. 

>> Tap here for the Friday morning update from the South Spring Fire

>> Tap here for the Friday morning update from the North Spring Fire

Power outages

San Isabel Electric members in the Cuchara, La Veta and Walsenburg areas are asked to call the utility to report outages. To report an outage, call 1-800-279-7432. 

Mail delivery

The evacuations and road closures have forced the USPS to stop delivery to hundreds of homes in the fire area. Mail for La Veta zip code 81055 is being held at the La Veta Post Office at 117 East Ryus Avenue and can be picked up with a photo ID. Mail for Walsenburg zip code 81089 is being held at the Walsenburg Post Office and can be picked up with a photo ID.

Residents expecting necessities, such as medications, to be delivered via UPS should call 719-589-4477 for information. 

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX21 News for the latest.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local Stories

More Local