Vallecito Fire Update – October 19, 2012, 8:30 AM

Oct 19, 2012

Thursday night’s infrared flight measured the Vallecito fire at 201 acres.

Two heavy airtankers and two helicopters will be available to assist firefighters today with retardant and water drops as needed.  The 20-person Zuni initial attack crew was released this morning and is being reassigned to the Little East fire.

Today, firefighters will be looking for an area near Ho Hum Drive and Hummingbird Lane where they can build some indirect line in the event the fire was to move north.

Pre-evacuation alerts remain in effect for the 18 residences in Lake Vista Estates. No other notices have been issued.

The fire, which was reported on Oct. 16, is burning to the west of Vallecito Reservoir and County Road 501, and is about one mile from the Vallecito community.

Fire information is being posted at and is also available on the Upper Pine Rive and FireWise of Southwest Colorado Facebook pages. Photos and maps will be added as they become available.