Weston Pass Fire: Stronger winds and storms pose a challenge for fire crews

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 12:23:10-04

The Weston Pass Fire burning in Park County, Colorado now stands at 10,727 acres in size with 15 percent containment on the fire lines. That does not include fire growth from Wednesday, which requires an aerial survey.

The fire, caused by a lightning strike, started on Tuesday roughly 9 miles south of Fairplay. 

An increase in humidity and cloud cover are expected to briefly slow fire intensity, yet stronger easterly winds and scattered thunderstorms will present a challenge to firefighters. Up to half an inch of rain is expected in the fire zone.

According to a Wednesday update, 47,000 gallons of retardant have been dropped to assist with spot fires and strengthen containment. 

Approximately 484 fire personnel are currently working the blaze. Current resources include three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 18 engines, two dozers and 5 aircraft. 

A closure is in place one mile south of Fairplay at the junction of U.S. Highway 285/State Highway 9, except for local residents and landowners. A total closure is in place from the junction of U.S. Highway 285/County Road 22 to Antero Junction.

There is no word on any structures lost. For information on evacuations and road closures, click here.  


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