East Peak Fire: 12 homes lost, 13,472 acres burned, 70 percent containment

Fire started June 19

WALSENBURG, Colo. - Twelve homes have been destroyed by the East Peak Fire in Southern Colorado, according to Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman.

The fire, between LaVeta and Walsenburg, has burned 13,472 acres and is 70 percent contained.

"The area of most concern is on the southwest corner of the perimeter where the fire continues to burn in steep country," according to a news release from the incident managers.

However, there is some good news. Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center was removed from pre-evacuation status on Wednesday, officials said.

Structure protection work continues.

There are 13 handcrews currently assigned to the incident as well as five helicopters, 44 engines, 16 water tenders, and six dozers.  In total, there are 628 people assigned to this fire.

Near East Peak, the fire remained active and was burning in steep and rocky terrain.  Smoke visible Wednesday was from the interior of the fire even though as Fire Behavior Analyst Brenda Wilmore said “active fire behavior is rapidly diminishing" Wednesday night.

The fire started June 19. Officials hope to contain the fire July 1.

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.