UPDATE: According to the La Junta Fire Department, the Fort Lyons Fire is 100% contained and remains at 2,926 contained.
UPDATE: According to the La Junta Fire Department, the Fort Lyon Fire is currently 2,926 acres and containment has increased to 87%.
Friday’s late afternoon winds caused a slight increase in fire activity on the east end of the fire and firefighters were able to quickly engage and tie that area into areas that had already burned. Crews continued patrol and mop up operations on the remainder of the fire’s perimeter.
UPDATE: According to CPW SE Region, Fort Lyon SWA suffered extensive damage to 80% of its 523 acres, including wetlands known as habitat for threatened Eastern Black Rail Habitat.
Todd Marriott, CPW wildlife manager, hopes the wetlands will recover for the marsh-dwelling Black Rail nesting season.
UPDATE: The Fort Lyon fire is now 50% contained, according to Colorado State Patrol, and currently sits at 2,909 acres.
ORIGINAL STORY: LAS ANIMAS, Colo. — A fire burning near the Arkansas River Bottom, just northeast of Las Animas, is estimated to be about 3,000 acres in size as of Wednesday morning.
According to information shared by the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center, this fire was human-caused, though further details have not yet been provided.
FOX21 crews on scene are seeing several burned homes and downed powerlines. They’re also reporting seeing smoke along the Arkansas River.
A previous evacuation order has been lifted.
Anyone needing a safe place to stay can go to the Las Animas Community Center at 1214 Ambassador Thompson Boulevard in Las Animas.