East Peak Fire: Town of Walsenburg on pre-evac status

8:58 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The Colorado town of Walsenburg was put on a pre-evacuation notice Thursday as the East Peak Fire continues to grow.

The fire is burning on East Spanish Peak in Huerfano County. The fire has burned 9,000 acres and is 0 percent contained. 

Mandatory evacuations are in effect east of the town of La Veta east to Interstate 25 and south of the town of Walsenburg to the Las Animas County line.

The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon. It's burning near a Boy Scout ranch. More than 170 people from that ranch were evacuated. A building on the ranch was destroyed by the fire.

At least 8 other structers outside the Boy Scout Ranch have been destroyed.

Evacuations have also been ordered for county roads 320, 310, 317.1, 317, 312, 314, 313, 315.1, 315, 316, 332, 331, 310.2, 340, 340.1, 345, 344. County Rd. 363 is on pre-evacuation orders.

Twenty homes are under a mandatory evacuation. At least 500 homes are under a pre-evacuation status.

A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at the Walsenburg Community Center in Walsenburg. Approximately 150 people have arrived at the shelter Wednesday night.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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