Jun 22, 2013 12:50 AM by Kate Richards; Adam Atchison

First community meeting for East Peak Fire

The East Peak Fire is still burning out of control in Huerfano County near La Veta.

The Type Two Incident Command Team took over the fire at 6 p.m. Friday night, and the front line of that team were there for the first community meeting of the fire.

About 150 to 200 people packed into the Walsenburg Community Center. The fire commander who's been in charge of the firefight up until tonight told people the fire is six to seven miles from the town and has been that far since yesterday.

The good news is the fire did not move toward town because of a north wind that pushed the fire to the southwest. The fire virtually stayed still Friday.

News 5 got a chance to speak with new fire commander Jay Esperance on the difficulties of fighting this fire, here's what he had to say,

" We're looking at where are we gonna cut this off? Where are we gonna catch it? Where are our natural barriers? We don't have much. So what are we gonna have to bring in to stop the fire? Our primary concern is always gonna be firefighter and public safety."

The fire is still at 9,400 acres tonight with zero percent containment. Several new planes and helicopters were in the air on Friday dropping slurry. 13 structures have been destroyed, but it is unclear how many of them were houses.



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