East Peak Fire: 13,388 acres burned, 50 percent contained

Fire burning near La Veta and Walsenburg

LAVETA, Colo. - The East Peak Fire burning in Southern Colorado grew slightly Monday, but is now considered to be 50 percent contained.

631 fire personnel are battling the fire near La Veta and Walsenburg. It is burning on an estimated 13,388 acres.

100 percent containment is projected to be achieved by July 1.

Firefighters had been concerned about hot, dry and windy conditions forecasted for Monday.

"A contingent of engines will be in place today to ensure safety of structures from hotspots within the fire perimeter," Operations Section Chief, Travis Lipp, said on Inciweb.

Lipp said crews are continuing to build a hand line along the western perimeter of the fire.

Ten structures and four outbuildings have been damaged in the fire. It's not clear if all of the structures are homes.

The Huerfano County Sheriff has decided to allow evacuated families from several subdivisions to return home. The subdivisions are the Silver Spur, Blackhawk, and Riverridge subdivisions. Other evacuation orders remain in place.

Two phone lines have been established for people with questions about the East Peak Fire. You can call (719) 742-3882 or (719) 315-4808.

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