Colorado wildfires: 16 fires burning including West Fork Complex, Lime Gulch Fire, East Peak Fire

More than 70,000 acres burned

DENVER - Firefighters in Colorado are dealing with more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.

See a map of the fire locations below or click here: http://ch7ne.ws/12oiIoj

Here are some brief details on each fire, as of  noon  Sunday, June 22:

--West Fork Complex Fire in Southern Colorado: Officials have combined the management of the West Fork Fire and the Windy Pass Fires near Wolf Creek Pass into one fire. The West Fork Fire was last estimated at 70,257 acres. The fire made a 7-mile run on Thursday, June 20. The Windy Pass Fire has burned 1,065 acres. The Papoose Fire, also part of the West Fork Fire Complex, had burned 20,000 acres.  Details: http://ch7ne.ws/17w1kRE

- Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs: The El Paso County fire has burned 14,280 acres. The fire started on June 11 and was declared 100 percent contained on June 20.  All evacuations have been lifted but at one point, nearly 40,000 people were out of their homes.  It has destroyed 511 homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed to be human-caused. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/140aukL

- East Peak Fire near LaVeta and Walsenburg in Southern Colorado: The fire has burned 12,442 acres and is 10 percent contained. About 8-9 structures have burned. It's not clear if they were homes. There are mandatory evacuations east of La Veta to Interstate 25 and south of Walsenburg to the Las Animas County line. There is a pre-evacuation warning for Walsenburg and an area south of Aguilar to the city limits of Trinidad. Interstate 25 is currently open, but threatened, according to the Huerfano County Office of Emergency Management. It started on June 19. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/17u6zBp

- Lime Gulch Fire (formerly Chair Rocks Fire) in Jefferson County: The fire has burned 511 acres and was 100 percent contained Sunday. It is believed to have started as a lighting strike on Tuesday, June 18. All evacuations have been lifted. Details: http://ch7ne.ws/14O8cpQ

- Wild Rose Fire is burning 21 miles south of Rangely on the Western Slope: The fire has burned 1,067 acres and is 50 percent contained. It started on June 19 by lightning. A youth camp was evacuated. There are 192 firefighters fighting the fire.

- Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park: The fire has burned 604 acres and is considered 95 percent contained.

- Ward Gulch Fire near Rifle was stopped at 485 acres. It started June 14 and 100 percent contained as of June 21. Officials say it was started by lightning.

- Wild Hacking Fire 25 miles north of Dinosaur (Northwestern Colorado): 394 acres, 15 percent contained

- Brush Creek Fire, about 4 miles north of Rifle Gap in Garfield County: 450 acres, not threatening any structures. Started June 20 by lightning. 60 fire personnel on scene.

- Bull Gulch Fire, near Canon City: 76 acres,  80 percent containment. 150 fire personnel on scene. It started June 19. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- Streams Lake Fire, near Creede: 130 acres, 75 percent containment

- Collins Fire, near Meeker (Western Slope): 379 acres

- East Fork Fire, near Ridgway (Western Slope): 120 acres. The fire is burning on Uncompahgre National Forest lands. The lightning-sparked fire started on June 15.

- Derby Creek Fire, near Eagle: 5-10 acres

- Ox Cart Fire, near Villa Grove: 10 acres

 

 


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