Weber Fire continues to burn in the Four Corners
Posted at: 06/24/2012 11:00 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The Weber fire near Mancos, Colo. has forced more than hundred people out of their homes.
“I was hoping it was a little one when I first noticed it, but the way the smoke kept coming I knew it wasn't going to be,” said Mancos resident Barbara Zeutzius.
The fire started on Friday just west of Mancos Hill and south of U.S. 160 and has already burned more than 7,000 acres.
“We live right in town so we haven't been affected yet but we'd probably like some answers as to if we'll be evacuated,” said resident Neomi Muller.
Crews worked hard overnight to hold the fire back from the east canyon side of the mountain where 28 homes were threatened.
“Last night we made a lot of progress in there and we actually brought the fire down,” said Incident Commander Craig Goodell.
No homes have been damaged. The evacuation center has been moved to Cortez High School.
Four-hundred residents are under pre-evacuation orders.
A Type II incident team will take over Sunday night.
“They're gonna bring in a big staff that's gonna manage this fire a little better. They have the horsepower to handle a fire this size,” said Goodell.
Fire investigators said the fire was human caused.