West Fork Fire Complex Jumps to 60,000 Acres
RIO GRANDE COUNTY, Colo. - The mountain town of South Fork is under mandatory evacuation as three wildfires continue to grow nearby. Authorities say the town's 400 residents were ordered to leave by 10 a.m. Friday. A total of 1,500 people are under evacuation orders. The West Fork Fire Complex is comprised of the West Fork Fire (the largest of the blazes), the Windy Pass Fire and the Papoose Fire. The West Fork Fire is in the Rio Grande National Forest, which surrounds the town. Fire crews attempted to prevent the fire from leaping the west side of Wolf Creek Pass to the east side, however, the fire was too active Thursday night and has spread. People who live between Wolf Creek Pass and the town limits were ordered to leave Thursday. Incident commanders estimated the size at nearly 60,000 acres as of Saturday evening. Authorities say the fire is at zero percent containment.