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 has grown again, sitting on more than 38,000 acres.
Officials say that hot temperatures, wind and dry conditions are the fires 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 Holding a community meeting at 1 pm
Firefighters say the Southeaster side of the fire will be difficult because of the steep, rocky terrain and large amounts of dead wood.
The sheriff's office says it I hope to learn more about lost structures in the next few days.
While temperatures are slightly cooler on Saturday, officials are worried about strong, erratic wind speeds.
The fire burning to the east of Fort Garland is not included] The La Veta Fire Protection District and the Red Cross are currently not accepting donations in kind for the Spring Fire. Donations may be made to the La Veta Fire Department, PO Box 44, La Veta, CO 81055.