Crews working to contain West Fork fire

Posted at: 06/24/2013 5:38 PM | Updated at: 06/24/2013 6:28 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The West Fork Complex fire in southwest Colorado has grown by another 5,000 acres since KOB Eyewitness News 4’s report at noon.

It is zero percent contained.

Fire crews have been hard at work, putting in equipment they need if the West Fork fire moves down the mountain.

"If there is an evacuation we'll be able to get the engines in here and do what we can to protect it," said Sam Tacchini, Division Supervision.

Crews have been putting in sprinkler lines and clearing vegetation near structures.

"I don't know if some of this could be protected on a standalone basis," said Tacchini.

So far the West Fork complex fire has destroyed more than 75,000 acres of land and has forced evacuations near south fork.

U.S. Highway 160 north of Pagosa Springs is closed. 

Despite the massive fire, nearby campsites like Bruce Spruce Ranch remain open.

“They’ve (campers) all enjoyed the activity more than anything,  like you can see the trees light up over there a lot of people have enjoyed just watching the fire,” said Bridgette Hinger, owner of Bruce Spruce Ranch.

Flames are not far from the Wolf Creek ski resort, but there's a lot of faith in fire crews.

"The Forest Service has definitely given us plenty of resources and we've got good crews up there,” said Nicole Demarco of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

And with all the equipment brought in to secure the areas, firefighters hope it will help keep the fire under control.

One commander said today the West Fork fire will likely burn for months. So far no homes or buildings have been damaged.

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