Incident commanders say that the spring fire, which burned an estimated 33,956 acres in Costilla and Huerfano Counties, was caused by humans.
The cause was listed on Inciweb, a government website that reports information on fire
Fire Department I did not say exactly what caused the fire, but the fire chief from La Veta said during a community meeting that it was not was caused by sparks from a train on the railway driving through the area.
The cause remains under investigation] Mandatory evacuations took place around 5 pm Friday, people spend two hours leaving the areas of Tres Valles, Paradise Acres, Raspberry Mountain, Pine Haven and the Cuchara Valley before Highway 1
This evacuation included the city of Cuchara.
The mayor of La Veta has told everyone that the city is still in pre-evacuation status, which means that everyone must be prepared to withdraw immediately.
Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the Spring Fire area a disaster area, allowing the authorities to attract more resources.
Due to the enormous efforts to combat this fire, homeowners do not know which properties are affected. A multi-mission aircraft made a survey of the area this afternoon. There is no containment in this massive fire.
The fire department chief told the homeowners tonight that the fire crews on Saturday will be more aggressive on the eastern edge of the fire. Several planes are in the area doing water and refractory drops on the fire line. It is expected that more crew will soon reach the southern edge of the fire.
This afternoon, bulldozers west of La Veta worked to search for fire lines so that the city could be protected, which has an estimated population of 779 people.
Cuchara has about 150 people living there.
The Rocky Mountain Area Black incident management team took command this morning.
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Timelapse video by viewer Nick Hammet shows the Spring Fire moves to the Huerfano district late Thursday evening. He recorded the video from the vantage point on the Old La Veta Pass. If you want to share videos or photos and are sure you can do so, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: drones are NOT allowed in fire zones. An unauthorized flight will have an impact on the firefighting efforts.
San Luis Valley Emergency officials set up a new public information line at 719-695-9573. There is also another public meeting at 13.00. to discuss the situation with evacuees in the community center of Blanca / Fort Garland
There are currently two evacuation centers open on both sides of La Veta Pass.
- Community Center Blanca / Fort Garland at 17591 E. Hwy 160 at Blanca, CO
- Community Center Huerfano at 928 Russel St, Walsenburg, CO
SEE SPRING FIRE PRE EVAC AND EVAC MAP at the foot of this story
Colorado State Patrol has closed Highway 160 in both directions. The barrier on the east side of the pass begins on Highway 12. On the west side of the pass, it begins on Highway 159 in Fort Garland. There is no estimated time at which the highway will reopen.
The San Isabel Electric Association reports power outages in the La Veta area due to damaged lines. The company is inviting affected customers to call 800-279-7432 when power is lost.
The fire also affects mail delivery to hundreds of people in the Forbes Park area. At that time, all mail, including checks and medicines, will be kept at Fort Garland Post Office on Highway 159. Anyone picking up their mail must provide identification
Alternative routes related to the closure of Highway 160.
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