West Fork Fire Complex in southern Colorado is 25 percent contained

The West Fork fire complex in southern Colorado is now 25 percent contained, according to fire incident managers.  The fire has burned a total of 109,449 acres.

West Fork, Papoose and Windy Pass fires are being grouped together as one fire and officials are calling it the West Fork Fire Complex. This fire is located between Creede, South Fork and Wolf Creek Pass.

The terrain is steep and rugged with an abundance of beetle-killed spruce, which has made it difficult and dangerous for firefighters to directly combat the fires.

West Fork Fire: The West Fork Campground is now open. The Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins and Bruce Spruce Resort have structure protection still in place.   

Papoose Fire: The fire is being monitored and the mop up process is continuing. The interior heat of the fire is being watched. Winds coming from the west and southwest along the ridgetops could spark isolated fire activity.

The anticipated weather forecast for the West Fork Fire Complex includes isolated thunderstorms for the afternoon. Winds over the east zone are expected to be six to 10 mph. Thunderstorms could generate gusts up to 30 mph. In the west zone of the West Fork Fire Complex the thunderstorms may bring heavy rain, small hail, gusty winds and possible flash flooding.

Residents can return to their homes because all evacuations have been lifted. Fire crews will be working along the fire area so residents are advised to be cautious when returning to their homes. 

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