Summary: The Rocky Mountain IMT2 Blue Team has assumed management of the entire Spring Fire area. Containment reached 100% for the area south of Hwy 160 and the area north of Hwy 160 saw dramatic containment improvement, bringing the overall fire containment to 83%.
Weather: Today will be partly to mostly cloudy with thunderstorms possible as the day progresses. Upper elevations will be in the upper 60’s, while lower elevations will be in the upper 70’s. In areas with thunderstorms, expect lightning, strong, gusty, erratic winds, and a chance of small hail and flash flooding.
Current Situation: Firefighters will be conducting ongoing fire related operations and emergency crews are working to restore power and essential services. The Sterns Gulch area remains a tactical challenge for firefighters who will be working this area with chain saws and hand crews. When traveling, please slow down when driving, remain attentive, and use caution so crews can safely work. Residents should be aware that smoke will remain as interior areas continue to burn. Structure protection specialists continue to evaluate needs and resources, and are strategically staged for rapid response if needed.
Specialists are working north and south of Hwy 160 to determine the best course of action for long term environmental recovery. Interior firelines are being repaired while fire perimeter lines are still being monitored and mopped-up.
Huerfano County EOC will move to the Walsenburg Community Center on Friday July 13, 2018, located at 928 Russell Ave, Walsenburg. Dumpsters will be made available in many areas for food disposal. Please contact your local County office for specific locations and availability.