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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Colorado wildfires: Spring Fire surpasses 100k acres; Lake Christine Fire destroys homes
Officials ordered more evacuations late Wednesday as the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt continued to grow and threaten homes.
The fire, which started at the Basalt gun range, was estimated at about 2,700 acres as of Wednesday night. Firefighters also still have their hands full with the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, which has grown so large it is now the third-biggest wildfire the state has ever seen. Officials said Thursday morning that the fire had grown to more than 100,000 acres.
Here’s the latest on some of the major fires currently burning:
Location: 5 miles E of Ft. Garland Size: 103,357 Containment: 5 percent
The Spring Fire east of Fort Garland has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes since last Wednesday. Officials said 132 homes have been destroyed so far during a community meeting in La Veta. More than 1,000 personnel are currently working on the blaze.
Highway 160 remains closed due to fire activity. Highway 12 is also closed in the Cuchara Valley area due to mandatory evacuations.