Crews make progress on Walsenburg blaze

East Peak Fire now at 12,442 acres

WALSENBURG, Colo. - Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire that has forced people in 300 homes near Walsenburg to flee.

Fire officials say the 12,442-acre wildfire burning 10 miles southwest of Walsenburg was 10 percent contained Sunday. But officials say a portion of the fire is in heavily timbered areas and there is great potential for growth.

Pre-evacuation remains in effect for the City of Walsenburg. In Las Animas County there are pre-evacuation orders for Mauracio Canyon and Upper and Lower Trujillo Creek.

Sunday's planned activities include use of helicopters in support of firefighters on the ground. Significant smoke is expected later today as firefighters conduct containment line improvements on the southeast portion of the fire perimeter.

The East Peak Fire was caused by lightning Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials say structure protection remains a priority for crews.

The John Mall High School in the northwest part of the city is housing an American Red Cross shelter.

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