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Jun 20, 2013 11:28 AM by Maddie Garrett

East Peak Fire 0% contained, growing rapidly

The East Peak Fire is growing rapidly and 0% contained this morning in Huerfano and Las Animas counties, according to Huerfano County Emergency Management. As of 10 o'clock Thursday morning, the fire has burned 350 acres just east of La Veta.

There have been conflicting reports that the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch was destroyed. The Boy Scout camp is located near Walsenburg and borders the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. However, Huerfano County Emergency Managements said it cannot confirm these reports because they cannot get around the area. Huerfano County Sheriff's Office also could not confirm those reports.

A shelter has been set up at John Mall High School, 355 Pine St. in Walsenburg. Approximately 180 people have arrived at the shelter and 154 of those are Boy Scouts.

The weather is under a Red Flag warning and Huerfano County said it is expecting extreme fire behavior. A type II Incident Command team along with air support has been ordered.

The Red Cross has set up a "Safe and Well" hotline. They ask that you use that number to inquire about a family member who has been evacuated. The number is: 719-890-8750.

The following county roads are on mandatory evacuations in Huerfano County: 320, 310, 317.1, 317, 312, 314, 313, 315.1, 315, 316, 332, 331, 310.2, 340, 340.1, 345, 344.

County Rd. 363 is now on mandatory evacuation as of this morning. Wednesday CR 363 was on pre-evacuation status.

County roads 360 and 360.1 are under pre-evacuation status at this time.

Photo Courtesy: Kevin Vallejos



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