Spring Fire 70% contained-Over 107-thousand acres burned

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 10:47:00-04

A total of 1745 firefighters are working to contain the Spring Fire Monday morning. The fire has burned 107, 627 acres and is now 70% contained.

The north side of the fire continues to be a challenge for firefighters. 

Officials say that favorable weather conditions over the weekend helped crews out with their operations along the eastern edge of the fire.  

US 160 was re-opened over the weekend and residents were allowed to return to select areas. Structure protection specialists continue patrols in Trey Valles, Navajo Ranch and other areas.  People may see areas of smoke as some pockets continue to burn.  Highway 12 in the Cuchara Valley remains closed south of La Veta.

Colorado Highway 69 remains closed and portions of US Highway 160 may be closed at any time due to fire activity. Containment lines along a high ridge from Road 574 south along Strawberry Gulch to Highway 160 will see more firefighter presence as heavy equipment works to establish and improve lines. 

As Huerfano and Costilla County managers have begun allowing some people access to their homes. Residents should call 2-1-1 for current information about evacuations and re-entry to their homes.

Parts of the San Isabel National Forest remain closed by Forest Order to all recreational visitors. For information, please contact the San Carlos Ranger District of the Pike & San Isabel National Forests at (719) 553-1400.

Fire information officers are now available with new hours from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave, Walsenburg, Colo. Fire information can also be found at the sources listed below.

A community meeting is taking place Monday night at 6 p.m. at 715 Main Street in Walsenburg.



Evacuees from Huerfano County should go to the Red Cross Shelter in Walsenburg at 928 Russell Street Walsenburg, CO 81089.

County officials also opened a new location to receive Rapid Re-entry identification cards at the Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District. That’s located at 25396 CO HWY 69, Gardner, CO and it will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

La Veta Disaster Assistance Center located at 126 E Garland St in La Veta.

Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center located at 17591 E. Hwy 160 in Blanca, CO

Centennial High School in San Luis located at 14644 CO-159, San Luis, CO 81152


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Official Twitter account for firefighting effort – @SpringFire2018