(Wolf Creek Pass, CO)
Highway-160 remained closed over Wolf Creek Pass overnight. The popular scenic byway is closed to non-local traffic essentially from east of Pagosa Springs to South Fork where evacuation orders remain in effect for hundreds of residents due to the 88-thousand acre plus West Fork Complex of fires. Fire Information Officer Penny Betram says personnel have come from all over the country to help extinguish the biggest of the big burns that have punctuated the onset of what’s looking to be a long, hot, dry fire season in Colorado.
The West Fork Complex consists of three separate wildfires burning generally between Creede, South Fork and Wolf Creek Pass. Betram says that amazingly no structures have been lost and no fire fighters have been injured battling the massive wall of flames.
Structure protection remains in place in the West Fork-Borns Lake, Wolf Creek Ski Area, South Fork, and various subdivisions along Highway 149. Smoke continues to impact Highways 160, 149, and communities to the north and east of the fire.