Jun 1, 2011 11:53 AM by Greg Boyce

Southern Colorado fires grew overnight

Two wildfires, the Bear Fire and the Purgatoire Fire, in Las Animas County experienced some growth due to high winds and dry conditions. 

The Bear Fire has burned about 6,800 acres on Horseshoe and Barela Mesas and is estimated at 15 percent contained. A small part of that fire is in New Mexico.  The Purgatoire Fire has grown to approximately 6,100 acres and is estimated at 10 percent contained. Crews from both states continue to work together to fight the fire.

There are currently 400 personnel assigned to these fires. Those personnel include 15 engines, 9 Type 1 hotshot crews, 8 type 2 hand crews and 5 bulldozers. Bulldozers and crews will be working to construct and improve fire line. Engines are providing structure protection as well as patrolling and reinforcing fire line. There are also four helicopters working on the fire.

Slightly cooler temperatures with possible showers are expected but active burning conditions are still expected with gusty winds this afternoon.

No evacuations have been ordered but the residents are on alert and will be notified if evacuations are needed.




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