- The fire is two to three miles west of the town. The fire has not made it to the town of South Fork, although it still may today. 32 fire engines and a number of hand crews are currently protecting the town.
A RED FLAG warning has been issued for today; this is the fourth day in a row where conditions are ideal for rapid fire spread and for the chances of any ignition source starting new fires. Winds that have been pushing the fires will continue from the southwest at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph wind gusts up to 50 mph on exposed ridges. The fires are again expected to make significant runs. The size for the West Fork Fire Complex that now includes the Papoose Fire is 53,544 acres.
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.