Colorado wildfires: Updates on West Fork Fire, Papoose Fire, East Peak Fire, Wild Rose Fire, more
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DENVER - Firefighters in Colorado are dealing with more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.
Here are some brief details on each fire, as of 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24:
- West Fork Complex Fire in Southern Colorado: Officials have combined the management of the West Fork Fire, Papoose Fire and the Windy Pass Fire between Creede, South Fork and Wolf Creek Pass into one fire. The West Fork Fire has burned 52,979 acres, the Papoose Fire has burned 20,927 acres and the Windy Pass Fire has burned 1,244 acres. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/134U3XE
- East Peak Fire near LaVeta and Walsenburg in Southern Colorado: The fire has burned 12,996 acres and is 15 percent contained. About 10 structures have burned. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for a large portion of the fire area. However, the Huerfano County Sheriff is letting residents back into the Silver Spur Subdivision, Blackhawk Subdivision, and Riverridge Subdivision. Any homes south of these locations will also be allowed to return home. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/17u6zBp
- Wild Rose Fire is burning 21 miles south of Rangely on the Western Slope: The fire has burned 1,067 acres and is 95 percent contained. It was started on June 19 by lightning. There are 286 firefighters fighting the fire.
- Brush Creek Fire, about 4 miles north of Rifle Gap in Garfield County: 403 acres, 40 percent contained. Started June 20 by lightning. Approximately 150 firefighters, four helicopters, three engines and a type 3 incident management team were working the fire Monday.
- East Fork Fire, near Ridgway (Western Slope): 403 acres. The fire is burning on Uncompahgre National Forest lands. The lightning-sparked fire started on June 15.
- Collins Fire, 20 miles southwest of Meeker (Western Slope): 380 acres, 90 percent contained.
- Bull Gulch Fire, near Canon City: 76 acres, 80 percent containment. 150 fire personnel on scene. It started June 19. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
-- Fires listed as 100 percent contained:
- Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs: The El Paso County fire burned 14,280 acres. The fire started on June 11 and was declared 100 percent contained on June 20. All evacuations have been lifted but at one point, nearly 40,000 people were out of their homes. The fire destroyed 511 homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to be human-caused. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/140aukL
- Lime Gulch Fire (formerly Chair Rocks Fire) in Jefferson County: The fire has burned 511 acres and was 100 percent contained Sunday. It is believed to have been started by a lighting strike on June 18. All evacuations have been lifted. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/14O8cpQ
- Ward Gulch Fire near Rifle was stopped at 485 acres. It started June 14 and was 100 percent contained as of June 21. Officials say it was started by lightning.
-- Fires that have not been updated recently by officials:
- Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park: The fire has burned 604 acres and is considered 95 percent contained.
- Wild Hacking Fire 25 miles north of Dinosaur (Northwestern Colorado): 394 acres, 15 percent contained.
- Streams Lake Fire, near Creede: 130 acres, 75 percent contained.
- Derby Creek Fire, near Eagle: 5-10 acres.
- Ox Cart Fire, near Villa Grove: 10 acres.
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