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East Fork Fire held to 1,680 acres, now 60 percent contained

East Fork Fire
Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 17:38:12-04

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Latest reports say the East Fork Fire has held at 1,680 acres but is now 60 percent contained.

The fire received precipitation on Monday and more is possible Tuesday.

The fire is burning southeast of Trinidad by 11 miles, and just north of the New Mexico border.

It is currently burning on two State Wildlife Areas, the James M John SWA and the Lake Dorothey SWA.

According to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), 83 total personnel are fighting the fire including ground and aerial support.

The DFPC said A dozer line has been completed across the Southern flank of the fire and all dozer lines are now in place, including a difficult section near Lake Dorothey on the southeast portion of the fire. Firefighters will continue to reinforce and improve control lines over the next few days.

The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 22

According to the DFPC, the last update on this fire will be provided tomorrow, Wed, Sept. 2, unless there are significant changes.

Las Animas County officials are asking for donations to assist crews working on the East Fork Fire, such as:
• eye drops
• face wipes
• bottled water
• granola bars (no chocolate chips)
• energy bars
• protein bars
• beef jerky
• sunscreen
• Gold Bond powder
• sports drinks
• chapstick
• peanut butter
• mixed nuts
• dried fruit
• toothpaste (travel size)
• toothbrushes
• mouthwash
• cotton socks
• powdered milk
• Gallon Ziplock bags

If you would like to donate, you can drop off items at Fire Station 1 located at 1605 Santa Fe Trail or Fire Station 2 located at 1102 Nevada Avenue in Trinidad.