West Fork Complex: West Fork Fire, Papoose Fire, Windy Pass Fire threatening 411 homes

110,405 acres burned in Southern Colorado

SOUTH FORK, Colo. - More than 400 homes and seven commercial buildings are still threatened by the West Fork Complex of fires burning in Southern Colorado.

Monday, officials reduced the amount of containment from 25 percent to 19 percent on the fires "due to a more accurate assessment of the total fire acreage."

The West Fork Fire has burned 59,932 acres near South Fork. The Papoose Fire has burned 49,056 acres near Creede. The Windy Pass Fire has burned 1,417 acres on Wolf Creek Pass.

The fires, which are being managed in one group, have burned a total of 110,405 acres.

There are 817 fire personnel and ten helicopters on the fire. Crews are fighting the fire using a combination of full suppression, containment, point protection and monitoring.  Fire structure protection remains in place in the West Fork-Borns Lake Area and Wolf Creek Ski Area. Crews are evaluating structure protection plans and prep as needed in the Williams Reservoir and Piedra area.

"Progress toward containment continues to be made in areas that pose minimal risk to firefighters allowing them to go direct," officials said on the fire information website, Inciweb.org. "Much of the area covered by the fires is steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce, making it difficult and unsafe for firefighters to mount a direct attack in most areas."

A community meeting will be held in Creede Wednesday at 6 p.m. to give a fire update and address any questions from citizens.  The meeting will be at the Creede High School.

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