Hotshots putting out fires on East Spanish Peak

DEL NORTE — A hotshot crew is putting out the last of remaining spot fires on East Spanish Peak in southern Colorado.

The Arrowhead hotshots were working Friday to cut down large trees that have been fueling the fires that have been sending up a column of smoke all week. The East Peak Fire near Walsenburg is 75 percent contained but won’t be considered fully contained until all interior hot spots are put out.

To the west, crews fighting the West Fork fire complex are expecting to face more dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.

On Thursday, winds caused one of the blazes, the Papoose Fire, to spread four miles in about 1 ½ hours. Firefighters were able to defend five structures. The fire is still south of Highway 149, the road to Creede.


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