A RED FLAG warning has been issued for today; this is the third day in a row where conditions are ideal for rapid fire spread and for the chances of any ignition source starting new fires. With the predicted weather and the volatile fuels, the fire is again expected to make significant runs. The total acreage for the West Fork Fire Complex rose from 12,710 acres Wednesday morning to 29,911 acres as of 6:00 AM Friday morning. Most of the gain in acreage was on the West Fork Fire.
This morning, the mandatory evacuation order went out for the town of South Fork. We have shelters open and ready to accept evacuees. Transportation for those needing assistance has been pre-staged and is being coordinating through the Alamosa EOC.
June 20, 2013 5:30 pm- Mandatory evacuations are in place from the top of Wolf Creek Pass down to the outer city limits of South Fork, said Pam Wilson, a spokeswoman with the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center.
South Fork itself is not under evacuation.
Shelter locations have been set up at Del Norte High School for people, and at the Sky High Complex in Monte Vista for RVs and large animals.
U.S. Highway 160 has been closed on Wolf Creek Pass due to a pair of nearby wildfires, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
Two fires in the Wolf Creek Pass area continue to spread today, with the West Fork Fire “spotting” over the Continental Divide into the Rio Grande National Forest. The Windy Pass Fire on Wednesday reached within a quarter-mile of the ski area.CDOT gave no estimated time when it may reopen.
KSUT's main transmitter site on Missionary Ridge experienced a massive power surge sometime last night or early morning causing the breakers to trip on both the main and backup power supplies. The yet to be determined cause of the surge forced the 90.1 FM transmitter to fail, which in-turn caused 88.1 FM in San Juan County, New Mexico to go down too. Crews responded and were able to restore power around 10:30 AM this morning.
When the Red Flag conditions developed this afternoon, both fires in the West Fork Complex became very active. The West Fork fire demonstrated extreme fire behavior and moved deeper into the Weminuche Wilderness. As of 6:30, the fire had not crossed the Continental Divide. This fire generated the majority of smoke that was seen today.
Due to a power outage at our Missionary Ridge transmitter site last night, 90.1 FM is temporarily off air. We have an engineer on his way to the site to remedy the problem. Tune to 89.3 FM in La Plata County or 105.3 FM in San Juan County, NM or listen on-line. Sorry for the inconvenience.