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UPDATE: WFCF and road closures

Modified: Sunday, Jun 23rd, 2013

Road Closures

Current road closures confirmed with CDOT:

*Highway 149 northwest of Creede is open.

*Highway 160 from mile post 158 west of Wolf Creek to County Road 19 just east of South Fork

* Highway 149 from mile post 14 at Creede south to South Fork.

Courtesy of Inciweb:

The West Fork Complex consists of three wildfires, West Fork, Windy Pass, and Papoose, that are burning on the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests in southwest Colorado. All fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce which makes it difficult and unsafe for firefighters to mount a direct attack. The fires were combined into a complex on Sunday, June 16.

The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the West Fork Fire Complex and have an Incident Command Post in Del Norte.

Media Briefing at Centennial Park in Del Norte at 9am and 9pm

Briefing for residents at 9am on Sunday June 23 at the Red Cross Evacuation Center

This is the 5th day in a row that the fire area has been under a RED FLAG warning. This morning the size for the West Fork Fire Complex, that now includes the Papoose Fire, had grown to over 70,257 acres.

West Zone West Fork Fire: Activity on the West Fork fire, south of the continental divide, was more active yesterday than it has been all week. The fire made a run up the backside of Sheep Mountain to the east and is burning above Highway 160. Firefighters will be working today to catch any spots along the 160 corridor and additional firefighting resources have been brought in to protect private land and structures off of the West Fork Road around Borns Lake.

Windy Pass Fire: The Windy Pass Fire which is currently burning in an area with less dense vegetation than the other two fires, made a few short runs towards Lane Creek yesterday. Though we have very little growth in Windy Pass Fire, it has the potential to move into the volatile bug-killed vegetation on either the west or east side of the existing perimeter. Firefighters have been able to hold the Windy Pass Fire within the established indirect containment lines protecting the Wolf Pass Ski Area and additional engines to provide protection for the ski resort will be assigned to the fire today.

Evacuations: Pre-evacuation notices are in place for West Fork road and along East Fork road. For more information on evacuations please check www.acemergency.org.

Closures: Again, there are multiple road and trail closures the primary ones are Highway 160 from the chain-up area to South Fork, and Highway 149 between South Fork and Creede from mile post 1 through milepost 22.

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