Posted: May 29, 2011 3:22 PM by James H Egbert
A spokesperson with the Las Animas County Sheriff's Office tells News First 5 that there are currently 75 firefighters working the fire lines in the Colorado portion of the "Bear Fire." Additional resources have been requested and are en-route from the Colorado State Forest Service. Currently only one helicopter unit is assigned to the scene as well doing water drops in areas that are too difficult for ground crews to get to.
The fire began Thursday in an area just west of the Sugarite Canyon State Park in northern New Mexico and scorched 100 acres before crossing the state line into Colorado. Since then the fire scene in New Mexico has been 100% contained while the Colorado fire lines have grown out to 1000 acres and are 0% contained at this time.
There have been no evacuation orders due to the remoteness of the burn area. The smoke plume can be seen for several miles as seen in the attached photo by Kim Riddle . Winds are still blowing out of the south or southwest and gusts are reaching 20+ miles per hour.