Spring Fire now 91 percent contained, all Huerfano County evacuees allowed to return home

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The Spring Fire perimeter map as of Thursday Spring Fire Facebook page

The Spring Fire burning in Costilla and Huerfano counties is 91 percent contained as of Thursday evening. 

The fire has burned 108,045 acres since it started on June 27. More than 100 homes have been destroyed. No injuries have been reported. 

The man accused of starting the fire made his first court appearance Thursday. He is charged with 141 counts of arson. 

Mandatory evacuations lifted

All Huerfano County residents are now allowed to return home.  Anyone with questions should call 211 for current information about evacuations or re-entry. 

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. 

Things to know about re-entry: 

  • If you don’t have power, call San Isabel Electric at 1-800-279-7432. Tap here for answers to frequently asked questions about San Isabel Electric service. 
  • If you don’t have phone service, call CenturyLink at 800-850-5252. 
  • Dumpsters to dispose of spoiled food will be located across the evacuation area. Check with your county emergency management agency for current information.
  • If your propane is off, do not turn the system back on until it has been inspected by your propane provider. 
  • 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.

Assessment reports

Assessment reports for the Fobres Wagon Creek and Sangre de Cristo Ranches Unit L3 areas are available at slvemergency.org .

Evacuee assistance

The Costilla County disaster assistance center for is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. Friday and Saturday at the La Veta High School gymnasium at 126 East Garland Street. Starting Sunday, call 719-738-2810, Ext. 111 for information. 

Public information numbers

For information about evacuations, re-entry, donations, and other community impacts, call 211. If you’re outside of Colorado, call 719-955-0742 for Costilla County information, or 719-583-6611 for Huerfano County information.

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

Highway closures

All of the state highways that were closed due to the fire have now reopened. 

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. 

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