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Creede under pre-evacuation notice, West Fork Fire visible from Pagosa

As the West Fork Fire Complex enters the most active portion of the day for the fires, the town of Creede has been put under pre-evacuation notice, according to fire officials.

The Fern Creek area of Creede was previously evacuated, with officials escorting homeowners out of the area. The pre-evacuation notice means residents should be ready to leave within one hour if and when an evacuation is called for.

Fire officials have reported that there is currently no knowledge of homes lost, and no injuries.

The West Fork Fire Complex includes the West Fork, Papoose and Windy Pass fires.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton arrived in Pagosa Springs Saturday afternoon and met with fire officials.

UPDATE: The West Fork Fire is increasingly visible from Pagosa Springs today, with some flames visible in the area of the Fall Creek drainage. No further information about movement of the fire was available by 3:45 p.m. Saturday, and will be posted as it becomes known.

 

 

This story was posted on June 22, 2013.
  • What a Shame

    Between June 5 and June 13 this fire had only grown to 25 acres. It could have easily been put out during that week. The idea of “let it burn” during times of high fire danger is not only moronic, but it should be illegal. Now that this fire has reached “unprecidented” size and out of control behavior, the choices made between June 5 and June 13 amount to criminal negligence. Those who may loose property, livestock or even loved ones due to this shamefully negligent management should remember this.

    • COnative

      You do realize this fire started on the wilderness border, above 10,000 feet in steep terrain full of dead trees and was inaccessible from the start. The wilderness has no roads and no motorized tools are allowed within the wilderness boundaries. Sending firefighters into a condition without an access route out, while surrounded by a forest of 80-90 percent dead trees creates a condition of high probability of injury or death by fire. If you bring in air support without anyone on the ground to make the water into mud it just evaporates. They did not “let it burn”, they worked on securing the only accessible area on the southern end while the fire roars through the wilderness full of dead trees where there is no accessibility.

      • What a Shame

        What a load of horse manure you’ve posted here! An all out air assault would have put this thing out when it was only a couple of acres. It was broadcast on 1400am around the time this thing started and it was only a few acres that the forest service had decided to just let this burn. Ridiculous and moronic! No excuse for this after last year. At the very least, someone should stand to lose their job(s). Perhaps that someone(s) is you or someone you know. Stop insulting our intelligence. What a load! You should be ashamed of yourself.

        • COnative

          Wow, what an attack. I am not a person in the “know”. I am a concerned community member with a house surrounded by forest. I make it a point to attend public meetings concerning the forest health and forest fires and ask questions. I do not know about the validity of an air assault alone, but it seems to me if an air assault was the answer, we wouldn’t have any forest fires now would we.

          • What a Shame

            I have a bridge in Brooklyn NY to sell you. Air assaults were the answer while this was 25 acres and under for less than a week. That is what is done when no ground support can be deployed to a fire like this one. The choice was made to allow it to progress.

          • Custom_Blinds

            Well, clearly the most important thing is to have someone to blame. While I can’t guess which party you prefer, I’m going to guess by your virulent rhetoric that you’ve completely bought into the idea that one of the two large, entrenched parties truly represents your interests.

          • What a Shame

            This is only about “blame” in part and “blame” is not the correct term. Try “accountability” and “responsibility” and you’ll find that those who made poor decisions that have adversely effected an entire ecosystem and its human residents as well need to be removed from their positions where their bad choices led to so much irreperable harm. Also, this needs to be a lesson. Last years “let it burn” lighting srike fire debacle wasn’t enough to change the current policy that brought about the current, out of control situation and demonstrates a total lack of common sense among those whose decisions led to this disaster that could be and might get much worse. People who can’t admit they did something wrong will never learn and those who recognize but don’t demand they admit it deserve the harm that comes to them from continuing to trust incompetent people.

  • bingodingo

    +1…complete flaming morons.

  • vexed_weasel

    I was on the Rainbow Trail 07JUN and saw no fire or smoke.
    I don’t suppose I’ll ever hike that trail again.
    At the rate this fire is growing the entire Weminuche could be in flames in a matter of days.

    • Kemo Sabee

      Why would you not hike Rainbow again? I was out there on the 7th as well and saw no smoke, what I saw was two sections of beetle killed healthy trees. Its not like the forest has disappeared, its shaking its shoulders and getting rid of a nasty infestation that has been going on for years.. Give it a couple years and watch our 80% dead forest come back to life.