West Fork Fire complex at 70,257 acres


This is the fifth day in a row that the fire area has been under a Red Flag warning. This morning the size for the West Fork Fire Complex, that now includes the Papoose Fire, is 70,257 acres.

West Zone West Fork Fire: Activity on the West Fork fire, south of the continental divide, was more active yesterday than it has been all week. The fire made a run up the backside of Sheep Mountain to the east and is burning above U.S. 160. Firefighters will be working today to catch any spots along the  U.S. 160 corridor and additional firefighting resources have been brought in to protect private land and structures off of West Fork Road around Borns Lake.

Windy Pass Fire: The Windy Pass Fire, which is currently burning in an area with less-dense vegetation than the other two fires, made a few short runs towards Lane Creek yesterday. Though we have very little growth in Windy Pass Fire, it has the potential to move into the volatile bug-killed vegetation on either the west or east side of the existing perimeter. Firefighters have been able to hold the Windy Pass Fire within the established indirect containment lines protecting the Wolf Creek Ski Area and additional engines to provide protection for the ski resort will be assigned to the fire today.

Evacuations: Pre-evacuation notices are in place for West Fork Road and along East Fork Road.

Closures: Again, there are multiple road and trail closures the primary ones are U.S. 160 from the chain-up area to South Fork, and Colo. 149 between South Fork and Creede from mile post 1 through milepost 22.