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Fueled by winds and low humidity, Colorado wildfires continue to grow Sunday

Posted: 12:45 PM, Jul 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-02 16:29:43Z
Fueled by winds and low humidity, Colorado wildfires continue to grow Sunday

DENVER -- Firefighters continue to battle a dozen wildland fires burning more than 153,000 acres on National Forest System Lands, with the majority of them burning in the Rocky Mountain area. 

The largest of them all, the 416 Fire burning approximately 10 miles north of Durango in southwestern Colorado, has burned 49,301 acres of land as of Sunday morning and is 37 percent contained.

The map below shows the large fires currently burning in the state, along with details on acreage, containment and other important information:


Note: This map and the data contained within are maintained by The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and some information may be delayed. Check with your local fire district for the most updated information.

Here's the latest information on the fires burning across the state for Sunday, July 1, 2018:

Divide Fire

Size: 5,136 acres (11:26 a.m.)
Containment: 10 percent
Location: Approximately 32 miles northwest of Craig

At about 1:50 p.m. on Friday, deputies with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a fire burning near the Town of Great Divide. Here's the latest information for Sunday: 

11:26 a.m.: Road closures are in place at the intersection of Moffat County Roads 7 and 17; and Moffat County Roads 7 and 5. One home was destroyed near the Town of Divide

Golf Course Fire 

Size: 20 acres
Containment: 100 percent (6:45 p.m. Saturday update)
Location: West of Grand Lake

The Golf Course Fire in Grand County is now 100 percent contained as of Saturday evening, according to the sheriffs' office. Mandatory evacuations were also lifted for 300 homes in Grand County, which affected about 450 people. The latest information for Sunday:

8:26 a.m.: County Road 48 is back open through traffic after the Golf Course Fire was declared 100 percent contained. The fire is now on patrol status and all outside resources have been released. 

High Chateau Fire 

Size: 1,422 acres (11:20 a.m. Saturday update)
Containment: 0 percent
Location: Central Teller County

Authorities on Sunday added more areas to the mandatory evacuation list after 111 homes were evacuated Friday. The latest information for Sunday:

6:00 a.m.: There is a full evacuation for Park Ridge, Doe Valley, Pike Meadow, Four Mile Ranch, Olson Slater Creek and Ponderosa subdivisions between 8826 County Road 100 and County Road 102 and between County Road 71 and the Teller County Line. An evacuation shelter is available at Woodland Park High School. Lake George Arena is open for livestock.

Spring Fire 

Size: 41,292 acres (8 a.m. update)
Containment: 0 percent
Location: 5 miles east of Fort Garland
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

The Spring Fire burning in Costilla County grew over 3,000 acres in size to 41,292 acres from Saturday into Sunday. Officials said a drone flight caused all air operations to shut down on Saturday. which is why they ask that people do not fly drones during a wildfire, as it can cause aircraft to crash, potentially killing people onboard. The latest information for Sunday: 

10:30 a.m.: There will be a 1 p.m. meeting for evacuees held at the evacuation center located at the Blanca/Ft Garland Community Center, 17591 E. Highway 160, and another at 6 p.m. at the La Veta High School Gym, 109 E. Garland St. These meetings will provide resources to evacuees as well as a fire update. 

10:29 a.m.: Highway 160 remains closed due to fire activity. There is no estimate of reopening at this time. Highway 12 is also closed in the Cuchara Valley area due to mandatory evacuations.  For a current list of evacuations in Huerfano County please visit the Huerfano County Facebook page at  facebook.com/HuerfanoCountyOEM . For evacuations in Costilla County visit the San Luis Valley Emergency page at  slvemergency.org  for a current evacuation map.

9:49 a.m.: Officials said Sunday nearly 500 firefighters have been assigned to battle the blaze in Costilla and Huerfano counties. A total of 593 homes have been evacuated in Costilla County, while 1,483 homes have been evacuated in Huerfano County.  

A pre-evacuation notice went out late Saturday night for Huerfano County residents in the following areas: Red Wing, Chama, Malachite and the Town of Gardner. Also included in the pre-evacuation notices are the Bandito area on the south side of Highway 69.  

8 a.m.: Fire officials expect the Spring Fire to become very active early and grow in intensity throughout the day as winds increase in the area. 

Stonemoor Fire 

Size: 217 acres (4:36 p.m. Saturday update)
Containment: 100 percent (4:36 p.m. update)
Location: Pueblo County, in the southwest area of the Stonemoor Hills neighborhood 

Pueblo County Sheriff's Emergency Services Bureau responded to a grass fire southwest of the Stonemoor Hills neighborhood Friday afternoon. The latest information for Sunday:

4:36 p.m.: The Stonemoor Fire in Pueblo County is 100 percent contained, per the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. 

6:25 p.m. Saturday: The Stonemoor Fire is now 70 percent contained and is 217 acres in size. Highway 96 is open.

Sugarloaf Fire 

Size: 1,322 acres (Saturday 8 p.m. update)
Containment: No information available
Location: About 13 miles southwest of Fraser
Cause: Lightning/natural

Firefighters are doing assessment work and making plans to protect values at risk Saturday. The latest information for Sunday: 

12:21 p.m.: A closure is now in effect near the fire to the east of Grand County Road 3, south of the Keyser Creek/Church Park Road, and going east as far as the Fraser Experimental Forest.  For more details, see the closure order posted on Inciweb .

Weston Pass Fire 

Size: 4,138 acres (11:42 a.m. update)
Containment: 0 percent
Location: 9 miles southwest of Fairplay

Voluntary Level 1 evacuations have been issued to residents in the immediate vicinity of the Weston Pass Fire south of County Rod 22. These areas include: Black Mountain, Cora and the Thousand Peaks subdivisions. A total of eight homes south of County Road 22 (which remains closed to all traffic) remain under mandatory evacuations. Surrounding areas are encouraged to remove livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare to evacuate. The latest information for Sunday:

11:42 a.m.: The Weston Pass Fire grew by 2,638 acres from Saturday into Sunday. It now stands at 4,130 acres according to fire officials. The fire has not crossed Highway 285, which along with Weston Pass, will remain closed Sunday due to heavy fire traffic. Residents with proof of residency will be allowed access County Road 18, 22 and 24. 

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Firefighters also continue to battle the 416 and Burro fires in southwestern Colorado. The 416 Fire was estimated to be 49,301 acres in size as of Sunday morning and 37 percent contained. The Burro Fire was estimated to be 4,380 acres in size and was 40 percent contained Sunday.

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