COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A Wildland Fire in Costilla County burned 4,000 acres on Thursday afternoon and continued to burn out of control. The fire has burnt down some structures after it erupted on Wednesday evening near La Veta Pass.
The spring fire has triggered evacuations in Forbes Park between Fort Garland and La Veta. About 2,500 people were evacuated from the area.
Tracy Wetzler told CBS4 Rick Sallinger that her house at Forbes Park was probably one of the first to go there. She said she's trying to keep her spirits up, and she's grateful that no one was hurt and that her animals are okay.
Authorities say that some structures were burned by wildfire, but do not confirm whether these structures are houses, outbuildings or
Kay Hazlett told CBS4 that they have brought their most important possessions together in case they get the message that she should get out. She asked a state fire brigade officer about the likelihood that the fire would cross Route 160. Phil Daniels, with state fire prevention and control told her that the winds are unpredictable and determine the movement of the fire.
Officials committed the fire to 4000 acres during an afternoon news conference, but the fire then burned steadily.
Officials say there are 80 to 100 firefighters fighting the flame, along with fixed-wing aircraft falling fire-retardant and helicopters making drops of water. The fire crews had to be pulled out because of the danger of advancing flames at one point.
Dry conditions, rough terrain and strong winds gave the fire the upper hand.
The office of the Sheriff of Costilla County says that it still judged the damage Thursday and updated evacuees residents in the afternoon.
At about 9 pm, officials ordered a pre-eviction notice for Wagon Creek after they said that the fire is moving in that direction.
Evacuees are said to be able to stay in a Red Cross shelter at Fort Garland and Blanca Community Center at 17591 E. Hwy 160 at Blanca
At the Huerfano Community Center, 928 Russel Street at Walsenburg, became another shelter opened.
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The fire sent a large trail of smoke in the area, firefighters calling for people not to stop on the freeway to take photos or look at them.
The County is also at level 2 fire ban.
A Type 2 response team is deployed for Friday to provide more manpower and expertise.
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