COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Costilla County officials say they arrested a man identified as Jesper Jorgenson for arson for the spring fire.
The Spring Fire grew to more than 38,000 acres. Late Saturday afternoon, InciWeb officials announced that the Pike San Isabel National Forest is now closed.
Officials say hot temperatures, wind and dry conditions have fueled the fire on Friday. The crews worked on the east side of the fire near La Veta Pass, to build a fire line with the help of air tanks and helicopters. On Saturday afternoon, new mandatory evacuations for Navajo Ranch, Majors Ranch and residences along County Road 530 and south to Hwy 160 were completed. This includes Vega Road near Navajo.
Navajo and Pinion Hills are not under forced evictions.
The area of Cuchara Valley was evacuated on Friday after the fire crossing of Highway 160. This freeway and Highway 12 are closed without a reopening scheduled.
Evacuation site for all evacuees will be the Walsenburg Community Center
Officials held a community meeting at 1pm. Saturday.
Firefighters say the southeast side of the fire will be difficult due to steep, rocky terrain and large amounts of dead wood. 19659017] Spring Fire Man arrested for arson for spring fire; Forest now closed "width =" 420 "height =" 270 "title =" One Arrested On Arson Charge For Spring Fire; Forest Now Closed "srcset =" https://cbsdenver.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/spring-fire.jpg?w=420&h=270 420w, https://cbsdenver.files.wordpress.com/2018/ 06 / spring-fire.jpg? W = 840 & h = 540 840w, https://cbsdenver.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/spring-fire.jpg?w=150&h=96 150w, https: // cbsdenver. files.wordpress.com/2018/06/spring-fire.jpg?w=300&h=193 300w, https://cbsdenver.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/spring-fire.jpg?w=768&h=493 768w "sizes =" (max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px "/>
The sheriff's office says they hope to learn more about lost structures over the next few days
While temperatures are slightly cooler on Saturday, officials worry about strong, erratic wind speeds
The fire that burns east of Fort Garland is not included.
The La Veta Fire Department and the Red Kreuz does not currently accept donations in kind for the spring fire n La Veta Fire Prevention District, PO Box 44, La Veta, CO 81055.
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