Two fires threaten southern Colorado

Posted at: 10/18/2012 6:05 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Two fires threaten southern Colorado homes.

Eighteen homes are under pre-evacuation orders Thursday as crews continue to fight the Vallecito fire near Durango.

Officials believe the fire started from a lightning storm over the weekend. It's burning more than 200 acres near the Vallecito reservoir outside of Durango.

Two heavy air tankers were called in to drop flame retardant and approximately 60 fire fighters are fighting it from the ground. And dozens more people are prepared to leave their homes Thursday night as a fire burns near the town of Mancos, Colorado.

The Little East fire is burning near the La Plata and Montezuma counties border. The fire is near where the Weber fire burned back in June.

The Little East fire has burned between 80 and 100 acres, and firefighters are attacking it from the air and the ground.

No evacuations have been ordered in that fire, but some 20 to 30 homes are on standby to leave if needed.

Meanwhile, smoke coming from the Jemez Mountains was clearly visible to people in the metro area Thursday. The smoke is coming from a prescribed burn there. Crews are working to burn up materials that could be fuel for wildfires. The prescribed burn started yesterday and is expected to continue through Saturday.