Fire fighters are busy in southern Colorado, as crews continue an on–going battle with a massive wildfire, but the persistent dry and windy conditions are not helping the fight.
The fire, near Fort Garland in Costilla county, was sparked by lightning on Sunday and to this point has burned 9,000 acres and has kept hundreds of residents in two counties out of their homes.
On Monday, flames reached 200 feet in the air forcing fire fighters to pull back, saying the fire is moving like a freight train. No houses have been destroyed, however, fire crews are working to protect a handful of rural homes that are in immediate danger.
Two Red Cross shelters have also been opened near Fort Garland for fire evacuees.