Weber fire spreading, forcing evacuations

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MANCOS, Colo. (KKCO) Officials say it broke out around 5:30pm Friday.
We're told the fire has quickly spread to 600 acres with 10 structures threatened. Evacuations have been ordered in the Elk Springs Subdivision, east of Mancos.

Montezuema County roads 41 and 46 have closed south of Highway 160

One helicopter and several ground crews are battling the blaze, with more help arriving shortly.

The fire began in Weber Canyon, about 18 miles east-southeast of Cortez.

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  • by Kara Location: Fruita on Jun 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    Check with Durango Fire & Rescue first and ask about the fire areas. There's a lot of smoke in the area so bring painters masks for your packs. Now I hear there are fires near Mancos, Bondad, Hesperus, and Vallacito. It's dry, lightening storms and windy. If you hike it, remember to be prepared and be aware. I know that distant fires do make for uniquely beautiful sunrises and sunsets. :)
  • by Brian Location: Cortez on Jun 24, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    Lots of smoke in cortez this morning too
  • by AntS Location: Heperus CO on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
    I live in Hesperus and it is forcing a lot of us to consider leaving, the last I heard that had little containment on the fire and Cherry Creak is dealing with it.
  • by Concerned Ca Location: Cortez on Jun 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    What's the news on containment? Out from CA with family and we're planning to hike Mesa Verde tomorrow before heading to Telluride. Should we be concerned about evacuating and changing plans?
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      by tony on Jun 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM in reply to Concerned Ca
      I wouold be very concerned about the smoke in the area. Suggest you go to Telluride. I live outside Durango and smoke is VERY BAD.
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        by Scott on Jun 24, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to tony
        I live in Ouray and the smoke in the afternoon was strong here as well... I hiked up tp. Bridge of Heaven and could see it coming over Red1&2
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      by Karen on Jun 24, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to Concerned Ca
      It was really smoky and hazy in Telluride yesterday afternoon, but it is much better Sunday morning. Just a slight smell of smoke. I hope the winds don't bring the smoke back this way. Good luck to the people near the fire.
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