Flash Flood Watch issued July 24 at 3:51AM MDT expiring July 26 at 12:00AM MDT in effect for: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, San Miguel
The Montezuma County Sheriff's Office said residents have evacuated due to the Weber Canyon Fire near the town of Mancos.Montezuma Sheriff's Office Lt. Ted Meador said the wildfire has burned between 500 to 600 acres and is 3 miles south of the town of Mancos. The sheriff's office has sent out emergency notifications for residents to stand by to evacuate. Meador said some residents have already evacuated from their homes.The fire is within one mile of the nearest residence and 10 structures were being threatened, Meador said.The sheriff's office has closed Montezuma County Road 41 south of County Road G, and closed County Road 46 south at U.S. Highway 160.The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Mancos School. Seven people are spending the night at the shelter, Meador said.An evacuation hotline has been set up for residents at 970-564-4999The Weber Canyon Fire was first reported at 4:25 p.m. on the 45000 block Montezuma County Road 41, Meador said. The fire is burning in sage brush, and juniper trees and firefighters have zero containment on the blaze, he said. It is burning in an east-southeast direction. It is several miles east of the border of Mesa Verde National Park.Fire crews from 10 different fire departments are fighting the wildfire. A chopper has provided aerial drops, Meador said. A Type 3 wildland fire crew has been requested.Montezuma County has had a red flag warning, and Stage 1 fire restrictions for the week, Meador said."Very dry, very dangerous conditions," he said.