Wildfire burns near John Martin Reservoir, state park evacuated

Top Stories

BENT COUNTY, Colo. — Fire crews battled a wildfire burning near John Martin Reservoir in Bent County that had the state park evacuated Thursday night.

Bent County Emergency Manager Rick Stwalley said the wildfire started around 5:30 p.m. in the river bottom on the north side of the Arkansas River about three miles east of the park. Crews estimate about 260 acres have burned.

The community of Caddoa is on pre-evacuation notice.

Fire officials said no injuries have been reported and no houses burned. However, there were five homes threatened, according to the Emergency Manager. Seven fire departments worked to put out the flames.

As of Friday, the fire is 75 percent contained. The fire was pushing towards the state park. Stwalley said it was hard to contain because the fire is in the riverbed where it is heavily brushed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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