EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Spring Creek Fire 
Updates on the Spring Creek Fire are no longer being posted here. Residents and property owners, please refer to costillacountyrecovers.comfor information to help move through the recovery phase.  Scroll down on this page to see previous postings related to this fire, which will remain available here for the next few weeks for reference. (Updated 7/24/2018)

Current Fire Restrictions for San Luis Valley

Updated 7/30/2018

County fire restriction information listed below. If in doubt contact your local Sheriff’s office for clarification.       

Alamosa County:
No current restrictions. 
Alamosa Sheriff's Office - (719) 589-6608

ABOUT RED FLAG WARNINGS

  1. To see if there is a current Red Flag Warning in your area, click here.
  2. Check your county's info on the left side of this page to see if your County has tied burning restrictions to Red Flag Warnings
  3. Regardless of local ordinances, a Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. Current conditions can contribute to extreme fire behavior. 


City of Alamosa: No open burning by city ordinance.

Conejos County: 
No current restrictions.
Conejos Sheriff’s Office – 719-376-2196 


Costilla County: 

STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT:
- No Open Burning of any kind
- Sale and use of fireworks is strictly prohibited
- No outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building
- Operating or using an internal combustion engine is not permitted without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
- No welding or operating acetylene or other similiar torch with open flame.
- The Fire Marshal for the Costilla County Fire District, the Costilla County Sheriff and the Costilla County Emergency Management Coordinator have informed and advised the Board of County Commissioners that the present drought conditions require immediate and emergency banning of open fires within all of the unincorporated areas in Costilla County. In addition to the banning of open fires, it is necessary, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and property in Costilla County, that the sale and ignition of fireworks shall also be prohibited within all of the unincorporated area of Costilla County. This ban includes all outdoor burning, slash fire, use of any kind of fireworks, model rockets, and all other outdoor spark or flame producing activities.


Fire ban fact sheet available Costilla County website 
Costilla Sheriff’s Office – 719-672-0673 

Mineral County:
No current restrictions. 
Mineral Sheriff’s Office – 719-658-2600

Rio Grande County: 
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect
Rio Grande Sheriff’s Office – 719-657-4000 

Saguache County: 
No current restrictions
Saguache County Sheriff’s Office – 719-655-2525 

  

            

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Five Actions for Today to Prepare for Wildfire Season
 
LAKE CITY, CO., (May 25, 2018):  With our current forest conditions, please consider taking action immediately to prepare for wildfire season.  

1)    Keep track of any fire restrictions in your County or in any area you are traveling to (especially as it relates to outdoor recreational activities).  A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service that conditions are perfect for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread of a wildfire if one does start.  Stage 1 Fire Restrictions limit open fires, trash and agricultural burning, fireworks or explosives, and limit where cigarette smoking is allowed. 

2)    Take photographs of every room in your home to provide documentation for your home insurance carrier.  Email off these photographs to your agent. 

3)    Create a wildfire emergency evacuation kit.  Gather as many of these items as you can ahead of time and place them in an easy-to-identify bag or box in your home.  For those items you can’t pack ahead of time, consider putting a “Other Items to Take” list to post on the refrigerator so you do not have to think through what to take when a pre-evacuation or evacuation notice is issued.  Suggested items include:  3 days-worth of non-perishable food and 3 gallons of water per person; at least two days of change of clothing; extra eyeglasses or contact lenses; prescription medicine along with a printed copy of the prescription; extra car keys, credit cards, cash or checks; a first aid kit and flashlight; battery-powered radio and extra batteries; personal toiletry supplies; copies of important documents; pet food and water; cell phones and charges; and computer hard-drives.  If time allows, you may want to take easily carried valuables and family photographs (it may be helpful to scan and store off-site family photographs and documents).    

4)    Determine where you will evacuate to – in multiple directions if necessary – and communicate your plans to one out-of-area family member or friend.  Make sure your entire household and family and friends know who this one person is that you will be communicating with and write down this telephone number (don’t rely on cell phone contact information as cell phone services are often down or overloaded during an event).  Talk with your household and neighbors about what should happen during an evacuation.  Sign up for the local reverse 911 notifications (different counties use different systems).  Check your County’s website. 

5)    Find out how to improve the defensible space around your forested home and neighborhood and either do the work or hire a local contractor https://csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation/

RWEACT -- together with the Rio Grande National Forest and funded through the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Department of Local Affairs, and the Office of Emergency Management – works to promote partnerships and actions that provide for public safety and resiliency of communities and watersheds of the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado. More organizational information can be found at www.rweact.org

Spring Creek Fire 

Monday, July 23, 2018
Updates on the Spring Creek Fire are no longer being posted here. Residents and property owners, please refer to costillacountyrecovers.com/ for information to help move through the recovery phase. 

Map of Spring Fire and Evacuation areas
Click on a colored area to see what it represents. Fire perimeter is shown as of the most recent perimeter flight. 

Spring Fire

For community information related to the fire call 211 - 8am-5pm Mon-Fri



Monday, July 16, 2018
10:32 a.m.
Ash and debris from burned structures may contain toxic substances from burned plastics, chemicals, batteries, paint, asbestos, and other potentially toxic materials. Homeowners should avoid inhaling or making skin contact with ash and debris from burned structures. Costilla County officials are working with regional and state officials to put together clear guidance for homeowners on how to handle the cleanup in a way that will protect their health and be in accordance with Colorado law.

Friday, July 13, 2018
3:45 p.m.
You may notice on the map above that we still have areas in pre-evacuation status. Here's what you need to know about that:
  • Flooding is the next risk for areas in or near the burn scar, and these areas may stay on pre-evacuation through the monsoon season. 
  • Rapid tags are no longer needed. However, if you have a rapid tag, hang on to it. You may need it again in case your area is evacuated due to flooding. 

10:00 a.m.
Have a well that may have been impacted by the Spring Fire? Find helpful documents below on what to do to deal with potential issues:

Thursday, July 12, 2018
11:00 a.am. - Tetanus (Tdap) vaccinations are recommended for those returning into a burn area and begining the work of cleanup. Vaccinations are still available through either Costilla County Public Health or Alamosa County Public Health.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

5:00 p.m.

We have had several requests to make the Forbes Park Re-entry Packet available to access here for those who will not be returning in time to pick up a packet at the Community Center. 


3:00 p.m.

FLASH FLOODS IN THE BURN SCAR: What you need to know:  Click here


2:00 P.M.

FORBES PARK will be moved from Evacuation to PRE-EVACUATION tomorrow, July 12.
Re-entry times will be staggered by subdivision units:
K-P - 11:00
D-J - 12:00
A-C - 1:00

  • Rapid Tags are required for re-entry until 2:00. They will be available July 12, 10am-12pm at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. After 2:00 residents will be able to get through in with their HOA access cards.
  • Please be aware that telephone service may not be available, and take that under consideration when deciding if it is the best time for you to return home.
  • Re-entry packets will be available at the rapid tag station Thursday, and at Costilla County Public Health during their regular hours after that.


8:15 a.m.
Note regarding the map above: At this stage of the fire the map will have fewer changes.  the overhead flights that do infrared mapping of the perimeter are doing fewer flights. The perimeter shown is current as of the last perimeter flight. 

The Disaster Assistance Center will be open today from 10 am to 3 pm at the Fort Garland-Blanca Community Center.
Valley Wide Mobile Clinic is open from 11 am - 4:30 pm.
There is a 1 pm Community Meeting for property owners and evacuees.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

For debris clean-up, contact Crisis Clean-up (719-270-1528). They will connect you to the many disaster relief organizations that are available to help. Crisis Cleanup was developed by and for field volunteers, team leaders, canvassers, and the people who work one-on-one with survivors whose homes have been affected by flood, tornadoes, earthquakes, wind, fire, or other disaster. 



WAGON CREEK RE-ENTRY ANNOUNCEMENT for Tuesday July 10th

Re-Entry times are:

10:00 a.m. – Units G through L. You will need a rapid tag to prove residency.

11:00 a.m. – Units A through F. You will need a rapid tag to prove residency.

12:00 p.m. - Wagon Creek HOA will regain control of the gate, and residents may enter with their keys, no rapid tag necessary.


Rapid tags needed to prove residency are available at 8 a.m. at the Blanca -Fort Garland Community Center. Residents, please be advised that phone services may not be available. For more details, call 211. The Wagon Creek area will be on PRE-EVACUATION status and officials encourage residents to retain their tags in case the situation changes.


Monday, July 9th, 2018

Valley Wide Health Systems Mobile Clinic will be at the Fort Garland Community Center.

7/11 Wednesday 11am-4:30pm


Sunday, July 8, 2018

5:15 p.m.
Assessment Reports
Please note that Costilla County officials plan to work with property owners on permitting processes during rebuilding. Tax assessments will be adjusted and prorated for properties that are listed as destroyed. We recognize that this is an extremely stressful time for many. Behavioral Health and Victims Advocate are available to help. Property owners in these areas who are currently out of the area and want property photos please text your drivers license or identification along with your request to 719-298-7294, or email the request and identification to assessor@costillacounty.net. Texts and emails only. No phone calls at this time please. 


2:15 p.m. 
Sangre de Cristo Ranches Re-entry Info for Monday, July 9
  • Unit L3 of the Sangre de Cristo Ranches subdivision will be allowed to re-enter at 8am. Rapid tags will be required and can be obtained at the Community Center in Ft. Garland starting at 7am.
  • The remainder of Sangre de Cristo Ranches subdivision will be allowed to re-enter at 12pm when the road barricades are removed. Rapid tags are not necessary.
  • These repopulated areas will be on PRE-EVACUATION status and officials encourage residents to retain their tags in case the situation changes.
1: 45 p.m. 
The air in a burn area can contain lung irritants long after the fire is gone. Please see this great article from our friends at SLV Health and take care of your lungs. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

NOTIFICATION MEETING WAGON CREEK- INDIAN CREEK


A notification meeting for all Wagon Creek and only Unit L3 (burned area) of Sangre de Cristo Ranches will be held on Sunday July 8, at 4:00 pm at Sierra Grande Middle School located next to the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. This meeting is restricted to homeowners in these areas.


Rapid tags will be required to enter the meeting. Rapid tags can be obtained at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center on Sunday at starting at 3 p.m. Picture ID and proof of residence are required to get a rapid tag.


The meeting will include breakout sessions during which the condition assessment will be shared for properties with permanent structures (no RVs or vacant land).

All homeowners in Forbes Wagon Creek and all with homes in unit L3 of Sangre de Cristo Ranches will receive photos of their property. Behavioral health staff will be available. Members of the media are not permitted.  


Homeowners who are unable to attend the meeting on Sunday can view the assessment report which will be available on www.slvemergency.org later Sunday evening.  


6:00 p.m.
Forbes Park residents: In preparation for the evacuation being lifted sometime soon, there will be a designated area in Forbes Park for trees, slash and wood material, which is the same place that has been used for similar waste materials during mitigation work in recent years. Please use this location.

3:45 p.m. 
US Highway 160 has been reopened. We will continue to update this Facebook page as road conditions change. Please monitor www.cotrip.org for current road conditions across Colorado. Motorists are encouraged to use caution while driving along Hwy 160 as flames and smoke may be visible from the road. Be aware that conditions may change again. Thank you for your patience during fire suppression operations. #SpringFire Spring Fire

2:30 p.mUS Highway 160 has been closed again until further notice. An increase in fire activity north of the highway moving south is threatening the road. The highway will be closed from Fort Garland to La Veta.

 9:25 a.m. - As of Saturday July 7, the Heart & Eagle Mobile Clinic will be open from 11am-6:30pm daily through July 9th. Thanks to all who have been providing this service!



Friday July 6, 2018
Additional reminders and information about the Saturday Forbes Park limited re-entry:
  • Rapid tags required for all adults
  • Wear boots and protective clothing. 
  • Respiratory masked and other resources available at the Forbes Community Center.
  • Food waste may be disposed of in specially marked dumpsters at the regular dumpster location. 
  • Conditions are such that we want to discourage people from bringing children or pets. 
  • There may be increased bear activity. Please do not disturb or approach wildlife, for their safety and for yours. 
10:30 a.m. - Conditions in Forbes Park are still such that we discouraging property owners to take in pets or children. All 4 Paws in Alamosa can take small dogs and cats, which must be in crates. http://www.all4pawsco.com/

9:30 a.m. - US 160 over La Veta Pass between Fort Garland - La Veta is still closed due to a nearby wildfire, but it is expected to reopen Sat. July 7, 2PM.  Check www.cotrip.org for current road information.  

Thursday July 5, 2018
5:20 p.m.
Click here to see the Forbes Park Assessment Report as of July 5th.  Please note that Costilla County officials have expressed every intent of working with property owners on permitting processes during rebuilding. Tax assessments will be adjusted and prorated for properties that are listed as destroyed. We recognize that this is an extremely stressful many. Behavioral Health and Victims Advocate are available to help.


3:30 p.m. 

Forbes Park Temporary Re-Entry for July 7

  • Temporary planned re-entry for a 4-hour period for Forbes Park property owners on Saturday, July 7th - 9:00 am through 1:00 pm.   

  • Re-entry will be for units A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and J.  

  • Depending on fire behavior, also planning to allow south-side units K, L, M, N, and P to enter as well.  This decision will be made by the 1:00 pm evacuee meeting on Friday 7/6/18.

  • Everyone in vehicle must have rapid tags to enter.   

    • Rapid tags must be obtained in advance at the DAC (Disaster Assistance Center) at the Fort Garland Community Center.  DAC is open 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday 7/6, and 7:00-11:00 am on Saturday 7/7.

  • Check-point will be at the road closure location in Fort Garland, and state patrol will escort cars to Forbes Park Entrance. Entry will start at 9:00 am and residents need to be checked out by 1:00 pm.  No extensions will be granted.

  • American Red Cross will have cleaning kits available at the Forbes Community Center.  Additional resources (Victims Advocates, Behavioral Health, and Red Cross) along with dumpsters will be located at the Forbes Community Center.

  • This temporary re-entry for property viewing.  If owners cannot be present at this time, they will be able to enter property after evacuation is lifted at future time to be determined.

  • Please be aware that wildlife may be present in evacuation area.  Please do not approach or disturb animals for your safety and theirs.

  • Media and general public will not be allowed to enter.



2:00 p.m. - The 211 Relief and Recovery Guide for Costilla County is available here. Bookmark the page because it will continue to be updated as new information and resources change. 

11:15 a.m. - Reminder - You must be present with photo ID and proof of residence to receive a rapid tag. Rapid tags may be obtained today at the Community Center today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

10:15 a.m. 
Tetanus vaccine clinic for evacuees Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the mobile clinic in the parking lot at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center.  See flyer to the right. 

9:45 a.m.
AIR QUALITY ALERT for the San Luis Valley today. For information about smoke and your health, see http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx


Wednesday, July 4, 2018
6:55 p.m.

A notification meeting for Forbes Park Landowners whose property was listed as inaccessible at Monday’s meeting, as well as units G2, the remainder of H1, H2, J, K, L, M, N, P will be held on Thursday July 5th at 4:00 pm Sierra Grande Middle School located next to the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center.

The meeting will be restricted to property owners listed above. Rapid tags will be required to enter the meeting. Rapid tags can be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located in the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Picture ID and proof of residence are required to get a rapid tag.

The meeting will include breakout sessions during which the condition assessment will be shared for properties with permanent structures (no RVs or vacant land). Property owners whose property was destroyed or damaged will receive photos of their property. Behavioral health staff will be available. Members of the media are not permitted.  

Homeowners who are unable to attend the meeting on Thursday can view the assessment report which will be available on www.slvemergency.org later Thursday evening.

12:30 
Those who may be looking for a copy of the re-entry information distributed during the July 3 re-entry can find it here. Please note that this information may vary somewhat for future re-entry groups depending on the situation in each area. 

9:30 a.m. 
This is a difficult time for a lot of people. San Luis Valley Behavioral Health offers support in all six counties of the SLV, including a 24-7 Crisis Living Room at 311 San Juan in Alamosa. For information visit  www.slvbhg.org or call 719-589-3671 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
7:15 p.m.

RE-ENTRY PROCESS (COSTILLA)

The re-entry process for areas that have known fire damage is designed to ensure the security of the investigation and the safety of residents. It will begin for each unit after law enforcement has cleared the unit, and it will proceed in phases for each area. Different areas may be in different phases of the process at the same time, depending on safety conditions, and officials may decide to skip phases they deem unnecessary.

 Phase A-B – Utility companies, debris clearing crews, damage assessment teams, and other agencies will enter to ensure that the area is safe enough for residents to return.

 Phase C – Limited re-entry for a short window of time for residents with Rapid Tag and photo identification (see Rapid Tag section below) and then everyone will need to come back out at the end of the window. Specifics will be released for this phase for each area as the information is available. When your area reaches this phase, it is a good sign and re-entry should not be far behind. We cannot estimate exactly how long between Phase B and Phase C.

 Phase D – Re-entry for residents and businesses with Rapid Tags. Specifics will be announced when your area is nearing this phase. We recognize that many residents will need to travel to get here so we will try to give as much advance notice as possible.


2:50 p.m. 

The Indian Creek and Trinchera Ranch area is moving from a mandatory evacuation to pre-evacuation status at 6:00 p.m. today, July 3, 2018.

  • (THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO HILTON ROAD, AREAS NORTH OF INDIAN CREEK ROAD, FORBES PARK, WAGON CREEK, OR ANY OTHER EVACUATED AREAS.)
  • Officers will be stationed at Hwy 160 and the Ft. Garland gate entry.  
  • Residents will need a Rapid Tag and another form of ID to enter.    
  • Rapid tags are required and will be issued for those in the evacuated area at the Community Center from 4-6pm today. ID and proof of residence is required to get a rapid tag ID. 
1:35 p.m. - The Valley Wide Mobile Clinic will be set up south of the Ft Garland Community Center and will be staffed by Valley Wide and SLV Health providers.  The Clinic will be open 4pm - 8pm tonight (July 3) and then 11am to 8pm moving forward. Tetanus vaccination will be available for those who need a booster later this week at the same location.  Vaccination clinic times will be announced when they are available.

10:20 a.m. - The fire grew to 78,944 acres overnight. Assessment teams are only being allowed into the area when it is safe for them. There is still active fire behavior throughout the area. There have been numerous rumors that people are being allowed back into their homes. For clarification, there have been NO re-entries allowed at this time. 

Monday, July 2, 2018
8:44 P.M. - The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at Centennial School in San Luis will be open Tues and Wed July 3-4, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. with resources available for those affected by the fire. Resources will include public health, housing resources, property cleanup, and behavioral health. Future hours to be announced later.

8:00 P.M. -  Click here to see the Forbes Park Assessment Report for those properties that have been assessed so far, as of June 30, 2018. Please note that Costilla County officials have expressed every intent of working with property owners on permitting processes during rebuilding. Tax assessments will be adjusted and prorated for properties that are listed as destroyed. We recognize that this is an extremely stressful many. Behavioral Health and Victims Advocate resources can be accessed at the DAC on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

12:43 p.m. Forbes Unit Map

2:30 p.m. - Rapid Tag Q&A
WHAT is Rapid Tag
Rapid Tag is just the commercial name for re-entry identification for residents.

WHY?  
This streamlines the re-entry process and is done in an effort to protect life and property. By checking drivers license and proof of residency, away from the incident, this eliminates congestion at critical access points and allows first responders room to work. Identification must be checked and "verified" before entering the hazard area. It is safer to verify credentials away from the hazard area. It is much safer to "verify" credentials, away from the active fire perimeter, rather than at a check point, on the side of the road.

WHO? 
Rapid tag IDs are ONLY needed by those under mandatory evacuation. We are not issuing them to those under  pre-evacuation.

WHEN & WHERE? 
Fort Garland Community Center today until 4pm. 
Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) Tues and Wed from 8am- 3pm. - Future schedule TBD
We cannot issue Rapid ID's over the phone. You must be present.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Bring a photo ID and proof of residence. We CANNOT issue RapidID over the phone.  You must be present to receive your rapid tag.  If you are out of town you can pick up a RapidID once you arrive.


Sunday, July 1, 2018
4:35 p.m.
Need help signing up for SLV emergency notifications [reverse 911 calls]? 
Ashley Frost from E911 is now at Ft Garland Community NOW until 8 PM to help you sign up. Please come and visit today.

1:00 p.m.
Notification meeting scheduled on Monday, July 2nd at 6 :00 pm for Forbes Park Landowners in units:
-A1
-A2
-B1
-B2
-C1
-C2
-D1
-D2
-E1
-E2
-F1
-F2
-G1
-H1, not all homes available.
Do NOT call the Assessor's Office.  All questions will be addressed at the notification meeting.

The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) will be located at Centennial School in San Luis. 

Wagon Creek is not included in Monday's meeting because it is not safe to enter at this point for the assessor team. 

The DAC will host a notification meeting with Forbes Park landowners regarding the condition of their property at 6:00 pm.  The DAC will open at 5:00pm on Monday July 2nd in order to process Rapid Tags (Re-Entry Identification) for those who have not yet received them.  

Forbes Park residents will be able to obtain Rapid Tags with a drivers license or other official ID from 5:00 – 5:50 pm at the school.  The Rapid Tags (Re-Entry Identifications) are REQUIRED to enter the notification rooms for home updates.

The notification meeting will begin at 6:00 pm at the DAC for residents and landowners within the Notification area with Rapid Tag identification only.  The meeting will begin with an introduction and expectations.  An overview of resources that will be available at the Disaster Assistance Center will be provided.

Following this group meeting there will be breakout meetings separated by Forbes Park subdivision units to share home conditions of individual properties.  Each meeting will be led by a regional law enforcement officer and Behavioral Health Staff.  

Homeowners that are unable to attend the face-to-face meeting on Monday can view the property status on www.slvemergency.org 

The assistance center will close at 8 p.m. Monday.  

The Disaster Assistance Center will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, July 3rd with resources available for individuals affected by the fire.  Services will include information related to public health, housing resources, property clean up and behavioral health.

The Disaster Assistance Center is located to the school in San Luis because of lack of proper space in the Fort Garland area to provide adequate privacy and meet the needs of the people needing recovery assistance.

The meetings are restricted to impacted property owners.  Members of the media are not permitted inside the DAC.  
A tour of the Disaster Assistance Center will be announced for members of the media on Tuesday. 

Saturday June 30, 2018
8:45 p.m. **West Side #SpringFire***
🚩Mandatory evacuation ordered for the area North and East of Trinchera Ranch Road, and south of Highway 160 in the Fort Garland area.  This does NOT include the town of Fort Garland. Evacuation shelter is located Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Power will be turned off to the area. 

11:10 a.m. - Re-Entry Identification

Those affected by evacuations MUST secure  resident credentials. Re-Entry Identification will be REQUIRED for evacuees to re-enter when the evacuations are lifted.

For those on the East side of La Veta pass, Re-Entry Identification will be available TODAY ONLY at the La Veta Fire Department at 111 Main Street, La Veta, CO 81055
If you are unable to get your re-entry identification today, you can get it at the Ft. Garland Community Center after highway 160 is reopened.

If you are on the West Side of La Veta Pass you can obtain your re-entry identification at the Fort Garland Community Center until 4 pm today.

This is crucial for preparedness, identifying and securing resources for evacuees, and for return access when fire conditions become safe.


8:55 a.m. We are not able to provide information on homes at 719-480-8719  An update on the process for release of information will be provided at the community meeting at 1 pm. 

Friday June 29, 2018
6:55 p.m. There may be some spotty power outages in and near the evacuation areas. There is a communications/radio tower in the fire area that will be repaired when it is safe to do so. It is not related to electric supply. The fire is posing no threat to power in other parts of the SLV and none anticipated.

6:25 p.m. Updates are slowing down here because the Incident Management Team has taken over information sharing for fire statistics. They are sharing information on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. They also have a Facebook page or Twitter account. We will continue to share information pertinent to the local community.

This page will focus on information related to community impacts, evacuation updates, recovery and re-entry procedures. A reminder that all residents must obtain re-entry identification (referred to as Rapid Tag) from the community center.

4:40 p.m. Fort Garland is NOT on pre-evacuation, and NOT on evacuation. Some may have received a message in error due to some technological issues.

4:25 p.m. - A fiber cut has interrupted some cell and landline coverage. Thank you for your patience if we are delayed in responding to your calls. Those with questions about lifestock and evacuations may call (719) 565-8158. 

12:38 p.m. - Costilla County residents who may be expecting necessities like medications via UPS may call 719-589-4477 for information.

11:44 a.m. - Community meeting will be held at Blanca Fort Garland Community Center at 1:00 today.

10:41 a.m. - Acreage of fire updated to 23,889.

9:00 a.m. - New public information phone line: 719-695-9573 for fire information.
                  Other local information: 719-480-8719

12:05 a.m. CLOSED - EB/WB US-160 between Fort Garland and LaVeta due to wildfire. (mile post 259-294) There is no estimated time of reopening. #SpringFire

Thursday June 28, 2018
5:45 pm - Fire has grown to 4000 acres. Pre-evacuation orders for the area North and East of Trinchera Ranch Road, and south of Highway 160 in
the Fort Garland area. Please be prepared to evacuate should this be changed to a full evacuation. Downloadable Evacuation Map

1:55 pm - If you have been evacuated due to the Costilla Spring Fire, residents will have to check into the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center to be issued a Rapid Tag Identification Card for reentry when conditions allow the evacuation order to be lifted. Current area of fire reported at 3500 acres, 0% contained.

1:36 pm - At this time we are preparing to do a press briefing at 1500 (3:00 PM). Briefing will take place on the east side of Sierra Grande High School where the Basketball court is located.

10:59 a.m. - Hwy 160 is now open. There is a meeting for evacuees at the Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center at 1:00 pm. A separate press conference is being planned, no details available yet.

7:09 a.m. - Some structures have been lost. More info to come later today from Costilla County Sheriff's Office. (Posted 7:09 a.m. June 28 2018)

6:30 a.m.Estimated at 2000 acres with 0% containment. No reported injuries. Roads leading into Forbes Park and Wagon Creek Subdivisions are closed. More info to come later as we receive it.

Wednesday June 27, 2018
9: 10 p.m. Pre-evacuation order has been issued for Wagon Creek. Forbes Park has already been evacuated and the fire is headed towards Wagon Creek.

8:00 p.m. #SpringFire east of Fort Garland has grown to excess of 1200 acres. Type 2 team will assume command tomorrow. More information will be available for the media mid-day tomorrow/Thursday.

7:39 p.m. - Evacuation Center is located at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center

7:05 p.m. - The State is currently managing the Spring Fire east of Fort Garland as a Type 3 incident. Estimated size is 755 acres. Mandatory evacuation for Forbes park. Evacuation notice sent to 383 phone numbers.
0% containment.
Crews:
1 hand crew en route
4 dozers
4 single engine tankers
1 type 2 helicopter on scene and one more on order
1 large air tanker en route

4:40 p.m. - A wildfire has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for the area east of Fort Garland through Forbes Park. Residents are advised to prepare for possible evacuation order. A shelter will be set up at the Fort Garland Community Center.




For information about wildfires in the surrounding area, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ 
See our preparedness page to learn more about preparing for wildfire, smoke, more. 


 

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