Governor Hickenlooper Visits Area Near West Fork Fire Complex
KREX News Room
RIO GRANDE COUNTY, Colo. - Governor John Hickenlooper pays a visit to the area of the largest wildfire currently burning in Colorado.
The Governor made the trip to Del Norte, to visit the command post of those fighting the West Fork Complex Fire.
The blaze burning in the Rio Grande National Forest was declared a disaster emergency on Wednesday.
Authorities say the colossal wildfire near popular summer retreat South Fork continues to grow due to winds and dead trees in the drought-stricken area.
Residents in South Fork and Wagon Wheel are on mandatory evacuation, however, fire officials are optimistic the wildfire will not reach the towns.
The fire has now covered more than 83,000 acres, with zero percent containment.
Officials say the return of gusty winds and dry lightning could help the wildfire grow even more.
More than 1,400 crew members are fighting the blaze.
Officials say the blaze will likely burn for months. Crews are not expected to make any real gains until the summer monsoon season brings cooler temperatures and rains, which may be in early July.
No structures have been lost in the lightning-caused blaze, and no injuries have been reported.