Grass and brush fires spreading quickly in xtremely dry conditions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Smoke filtering into Summit County skies is coming from two fires burning across about 11,000 acres of private grasslands, brush and piñon-jumiper woodlands on the Colorado-New Mexico border in Las Animas County.
There are ranches, outbuildings and historic structures near the fire. No evacuations are in place at this time but the residents are on alert and will be notified if evacuations are needed.
“It’s extremely dry, and there wont be any relief until we start getting some monsoons, or the humidity goes up,” Segin said.
The Bear Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.
The Purgatoire Fire has also burned about 6,100 acres. It’s located about 25 miles east-southeast of Hoehne, Colorado and is about 10 percent contained.
Fire officials have assigned about 400 personnel to the fires, along with 15 engines, 9 Type 1 hotshot crews, 8 type 2 hand crews and 5 bulldozers. Bulldozers and crews will be working to construct and improve fire line. Engines are providing structure protection as well as patrolling and reinforcing fire line. There are also four helicopters working on the fire. Click here for more details.
Slightly cooler temperatures with possible showers are expected but active burning conditions are still expected with gusty winds due to afternoon thunderstorm development. Click here for a video fire weather forecast.