The evacuation zone for the Spring Fire was expanded Friday afternoon to include several more Huerfano County communities.
The fire, which is also being called the Spring Creek Fire, started Wednesday afternoon about five miles east of Fort Garland. It has burned more than 23,889 acres and has no containment. Homes have been destroyed, but there’s no word yet on how many. No injuries have been reported.
Evacuees and others can call the public information phone line at 719-695-9573 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for information about the fire.
The following areas are under mandatory evacuation as of 5 p.m. Friday:
- Forbes Park in Costilla County
- Wagon Creek Estates in Costilla County
- Tres Valles, Paradise Acres, Raspberry Mountain, Pine Haven, and the Cuchara Valley in Huerfano County
The following areas are under a pre-evacuation notice:
- The area north and east of Trichera Ranch Road and south of Highway 160 in the Fort Garland area of Costilla County
- La Veta
- Navajo Ranch subdivision
- Parts of Majors Ranch
- Parts of Piñon Hills
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
Evacuated animals may be taken to the 4H barn in La Veta or to the Las Animas County Fairgrounds in Trinidad.
Map provided by fire officials:
Highway 160 is closed in both directions over La Veta Pass between between Fort Garland (mile marker 258) and Highway 12 (mile marker 293, near La Veta).
The Colorado Department of Transportation said the fire jumped over the highway at mile marker 284, which is near Huerfano County Road 442 east of the La Veta Pass summit, Thursday night. Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading on the north side of the highway.
San Isabel Electric members in the Cuchara, La Veta and Walsenburg areas are asked to call the utility to report outages. The utility said all of their meters are equipped with wireless radios that communicate with their headquarters, but the fire damaged the link between the meters and the headquarters, so they have no way of knowing when a member’s power is out. To report an outage, call 1-800-279-7432.
The evacuations and road closures have forced the USPS to stop delivery to more than 360 homes in the fire area. Residents can pick up their mail at either the Fort Garland Post Office at 313 Highway 159 or the La Veta Post Office at 117 East Ryus Avenue.
Residents expecting necessities, such as medications, to be delivered via UPS should call 719-589-4477 for information.
Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Black assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. Friday.
As of Friday afternoon, four heavy air tankers, four heavy helicopters, and more than 200 firefighters are fighting the fire. Another 200 firefighters from across the country are expected to arrive Saturday.
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