Jun 25, 2013 12:15 AM by Andy Koen, Connie Murphy
An abundance of dead trees helped fuel the fires of the West Fork Complex burning in the mountains west of Alamosa.
More than 75-thousand acres have burned between West Fork, Papoosa and Windy Pass. As many as 70 percent of the Engelmann Spruce trees in the forest had been killed by years of drought and beetle-kill even before the fire began.
More than 800 firefighters are on the ground in what has become the top priority wildfire in the U.S.