Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nine Fires Burning in Colorado

Much of Colorado is covered in smoke as nine fires are now burning in the state.

The High Park Fire near Fort Collins, is still the largest at nearly 82,000 acres, but resources are being diverted from it to fight the others.

Colorado is facing a series of temps near or above triple digits, low humidity, and varying winds.

With already near five thousand firefighters fighting the various blazes, more are being sent from across the US.

The town of Manitou Springs was completely evacuated, due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

In Estes Park twenty homes and another structure have been burned by the Woodland Heights Fire.

Parts of Elbert were evacuated due to a fire threatening the town, but hopes are that it will be fully contained by Monday.

Firefighters have fully contained the Springer Fire and all evacuees have been allowed to return home.

Near Alma, the Treasure Fire is not expected to grow much further as it is being pushed up a ridge that will put it above the tree line, where fires struggle to spread at all.

To the south of Durango, the Stateline Fire has destroyed a few structures.

Mancos is facing off the Weber Fire which has threatened homes, but so far hasn't been able to take any.

Concerns are that it will cut the highway which connects Cortez and Durango.

In the east, near Pagosa Springs the Little Sand Fire has been burning for over a month.

During the last few days it has started spreading at over 1,000 acres a day.