Fierce winds fanned a wildfire along San Isabel Creek north of Crestone shortly before noon on Monday, April 2. Smoke from the fire is visible on the left, and a dust cloud is kicked up on the Baca Wildlife Reserve on the right. photo by Janet Woodman

A dangerous large fire was reported at approximately 11am, April 2. The location is close to County Road 66 along the San Isabel Creek drainage, several miles north and east of Casita Park and north of Crestone, CO. The fire is burning in a mix of cottonwoods and pinons with very strong winds pushing a grass fire. Local Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District and Baca Grande Fire Departments are fighting the fire, but outside help has been called for. The extreme high wind warning from the US Weather Service is cause for alarm for surrounding areas. Currently, the wind is coming from the NE at speeds of 30mph with gusts up to 40mph, though weather patterns hint it may return to its usual direction of southwest in the afternoon. The cause of the fire is not known.

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courtesy Scott Stevens