Information from Weber Fire Public Information Officer
Road Closures, More Evacuation Information from Weber Fire
The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office reports that County Road 41 south of County Road G has been closed, and County Road 46 at US Highway 160 has been closed. The Red Cross is housing evacuees from the Elk Springs Subdivision in East Canyon at the Mancos School, and an evacuation information line has been set up at 970 564-4999. Residents who need help evacuating livestock are asked to call Gerald Koppenhafer at 970 749-0262. A media briefing will be held shortly in Boyle Park in Mancos.
Firefighters responded to a fast growing wildfire on Bureau of Land Management lands five miles south of Mancos, Colorado. The Weber Fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. at about 30 acres. At last report, estimates were that it had grown to more than 100 acres in size. At least 10 structures are threatened. A Type 3 helicopter is making water drops, and two single engine air tankers are dropping slurry. A 20-person firefighting crew from Idaho, which was prepositioned in the area, has responded to the fire. Two heavy air tankers and three additional single engine air tankers have been ordered, along with a Type 1 helicopter, and two additional 20-person firefighting crews.
The plume from the fire can be seen from as far away as Durango. The public is advised not to call area dispatch centers, which are busy supporting the effort. More information will be released to the media as it becomes available.
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