ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The South Fork Fire map reflects a relentless effort today by officials on the West Fork Complex Fire. But officials are now warning residents of South Fork that the Complex Fire is nowhere near containment without the help of weather changes and could burn for months.
In the latest news briefing, officials are warning that the South Fork neighboring fire could burn for several more weeks if summer rains don’t arrive soon. The community of South Fork is concerned about the East Zone of the West Fork Fire. A dozer line has been put in placed between the fire’s eastern leg and the town. No structures have been lost, reps tell news.
But officials are hoping to improve that dozer line. In a news briefing they report that “Firefighters will work to improve and reinforce the line today. Along Highway 149, firefighters will continue to clear vegetation and provide structure protection to structures west of the highway.” New structure protection is in place as well. “East of Highway 149 near South Fork, structure protection is in place in the event that the fire pushes to the east and spots across the highway.”
The latest news briefing on the West Fork Fire will be Tuesday afternoon. “A fire information meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00 pm at the Creede High School Gymnasium. Fire officials will be present to provide and update to the community on the status of the West Fork Complex”, officials said in a news statement Monday. For more click HERE.
Elsewhere in the state, the battle against the East Peak Fire is working. The East Peak Fire is now at fifty percent containment and fourteen thousand acres. Incident Commander Jay Esperance tell news that the fire remains roughly ten miles southwest of Walsenburg, Colorado. For more click HERE. And for other fire updates click HERE.