Wildfires Burn Thousands of Acres in Colorado
Once more, residents of Colorado are facing advancing walls of flame. Friday evening, a massive wildfire that started in New Mexico, reportedly begun by a lightning strike, jumped across the border into Colorado, south of Trinidad.
Alan Gathright, a reporter for News 7, gives us some info on the efforts being taken to fight the 5,000-acre blaze:
There were 75 firefighters and one helicopter fighting the fire on the Colorado side of the Bear Fire. Additional resources were being dispatched by the Colorado State Forest Service.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only problem faced by Las Animas County. Anthony Mestasi, a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftan, brings us news of another blaze in the area that is complicating things:
Another fire is burning at Purgatoire River Canyon northeast of Trinidad. The Purgatoire Valley Fire is burning where Trinchera Creek and the Purgatoire River meet near Miller and Purgatoire River canyons.
Officials are not sure when or how this second fire started.
The Purgatoire Valley Fire had burned around 500 acres by Monday evening.
If you live in the area, be sure to keep up with emergency announcements and pertinent information. The high winds and low humidity make this an especially volatile situation for those nearby. We’ll be keeping an eye out for word on the investigation into the second fire.