The month of June has seen several wildfires impact the San Luis Valley region. The biggest fire, the West Fork Complex, has caused the evacuation of the town of South Fork and the closure of highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass and highway 149 from South Fork to Creede. The fire, which is now several fires that grew together, started on June 5 due to lightning. The start area was in rough terrain northeast of Pagosa Springs and west of the continental divide and grew steadily. By June 19 and 20 the fire, due to dry windy conditions, really took off, crossing the divide heading to the town of South Fork. It was said by one fire official that the chances of saving South Fork was “low to moderate”. However, a massive response to the fire has so far saved the town. The Wolf Creek Ski area is also threatened and fire lines are being created to try and protect it. Currently there are over 900 personnel, ground and air support fighting this fire. As of June 27, the fire was listed as being at 81,000 acres. The West Fork fire has brought days of heavy smoke into the San Luis Valley.
Saguache County fires
The Ox Cart fire, southeast of Poncha Pass in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, started on June 6 due to lightning. It has now grown to 1150 acres. As it started