East Peak Fire 70 Percent Contained

Calmer winds aid with progress on the fireline

The East Peak Fire is stil at 13,472 acres but is now 70 percent contained. There are 13 handcrews currently assigned to the incident as well as five helicopters, 44 engines, 16 water tenders, and six dozers. In total, there are 628 people assigned to this fire.

Near East Peak, the fire remains active and is burning in steep and rocky terrain. Smoke visible today was from the interior of the fire even though as Fire Behavior Analyst Brenda Wilmore said “active fire behavior is rapidly diminishing.” Due to winds from the east, today La Veta had smoke in the in the air. This evening, fire managers directed night crews to remain diligent at keeping lines secure.

As of 9:00 a.m. today, June 26th, Huerfano County went into Stage II Fire Restrictions. For more information please go to: http://www.huerfano.us/ Due to the exceptionally dry fuel conditions fire restrictions are in place across Colorado. Residents and visitors should check locally for restrictions.

For more information about this and other fires, log onto www.inciweb.org. Follow the fire on Twitter @TeamC_FireInfo. Messages from the Incident Commander and other information are posted on the Team C website athttp://sites.google.com/site/rmteamc. For more information, call 719-315-4808 or 719-742-3882.