Spring Fire grows to 60,710 acres; more than 100 homes destroyed

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New evacuation orders have been issued for the Spring Fire, which has burned 60,710 and is five percent contained, as of Monday evening. 

Emergency officials reported that 104 homes had been destroyed in Forbes Park but 61 were still intact. 

The containment is on the northwestern side of the perimeter in Division D.

The fire, which is also being called the Spring Creek Fire, started Wednesday afternoon in Costilla County. No injuries have been reported.

Evacuation orders

The following areas are under mandatory evacuation: 

  • Anyone north of and including both sides of County Road 362, south to the Huerfano County Line. – NEW MONDAY EVENING
  • School Creek, Wahotoya Valley, Little Kansas and East Spanish Peaks – NEW MONDAY EVENING
  • Chama, Malachite, and Redwing – NEW MONDAY
  • The Badito area on the south side of Highway 69 – NEW MONDAY
  • The area north and east of Trinchera Ranch Road and south of Highway 160 in the Fort Garland
  • Navajo Ranch, Major Ranch, and homes along CR 530 and south to Highway 160. 
  • 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:

  • Gardner – Huerfano County Emergency Management said Monday afternoon that Gardner was on mandatory evacuation, but later rescinded that order
  • The area north and east of Trichera Ranch Road and south of Highway 160 in the Fort Garland area of Costilla County
  • La Veta
  • Parts of Piñon Hills

Evacuee meetings

A notification meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at the disaster assistance center at Centennial School at 14644 Highway 159 in San Luis.

The meeting is for Forbes Park landowners in units A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1, E2, F1, F2, G1, and H1 (not all homes available). 

The center will open at 5 p.m. in order to process rapid tags (re-entry identification) for people who haven’t received them. Forbes Park residents will be able to get rapid tags with a drivers license or other official ID. Rapid tags are required to enter the notification rooms for home updates. 

Homeowners unable to attend Monday’s meeting can view their property status at slvemergency.org starting at 8 p.m. Monday. 

The Huerfano County Disaster Assistance Center will be open Tuesday, July 3 at the La Veta High School gymnasium from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Wagon Creek is not included in Monday’s meeting because it is not yet safe for the assessor team to enter.

Meetings for all evacuees are being 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

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 719-695-9604.

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

Firefighting efforts

As of Monday morning, there are two incident management teams working on the fire. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 2 Blue Team is working on the fire north of Highway 160, and Team Black is working on the fire south of the highway.

A total of 550 firefighters are working on the fire.

>> Tap here for details on firefighting efforts

Highway closures

Highway 160 is closed in both directions over La Veta Pass between Fort Garland (mile marker 258) and Highway 12 (mile marker 293, near La Veta).

Highway 12 is closed between La Veta and Chuchara Pass, from mile marker 7 to 22.5. 

CO 69 closed Monday evening between five miles north of Walsenburg and Huerfano/Cluster County Line. 

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

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: 

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. 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. 

For the La  Veta zip code 81055 is being held at the La Veta Post Office 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.

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