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Disaster declared as Spring Fire continues to burn in Costilla County

Posted: 7:16 AM, Jun 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-28 09:16:24-04

Wednesday night, the Costilla Board of Count Commissioners made a disaster declaration due to the fast-moving Spring Fire.

The blaze is burning in southwest Colorado between Fort Garland and La Veta. It’s west of Walsenburg and La Veta in a rugged, sparsely populated area of open county.

Thursday morning, the fire was estimated at 2,000 acres with zero percent containment. A type 2 state fire management team will take over command Thursday morning.

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Firefighters will face extremely hot and dry temperatures Thursday as they fight the flames. High temperatures, wind, and extremely conditions will be a top concern.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for about 400 people in Forbes Park and a pre-evacuation order is in place for Wagon Creek subdivision in Costilla County. According to San Luis Valley Emergency, roads leading into Forbes Park and Wagon Creek are closed.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center on Highway 160.

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At this time, there have been no reported injuries. Just after 7 a.m. Thursday, San Luis Valley Emergency reported that "some structures have been lost." They did not give specifics.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

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