Colorado fire forces evacuation of church camp

WESTCLIFFE — A wildfire burning in southern Colorado that has forced the evacuation of a church camp has spread to about 1,000 acres.

Crews were attacking the fire near Westcliffe from the air today. It broke out Sunday afternoon and spread quickly in dry conditions.

About 180 people were evacuated from the Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Custer County Sunday. Residents of about 50 homes in neighboring Fremont County have been urged to leave, but it’s not clear how many have decided to evacuate.

In southeastern Colorado, crews are close to containing three large wildfires that broke out last week, including two on Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver site.

Meanwhile, southbound Interstate 25 south of Trinidad is closed because of a wildfire burning in New Mexico near Raton Pass.


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

Search More Jobs

734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Subscribe to print edition
Sign in to your account

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy