Slow, cautious progress made on the East Peak Wildfire

Cooler evening conditions kept fire activity minimal following a successful
burnout operation that took place yesterday.

A contingent of engines will be in place today to ensure safety of
structures from hotspots within the fire perimeter.  Operations Section
Chief, Travis Lipp, emphasized the importance of this task when he told
crews to “check, recheck and check again when looking for hot spots around

“Firefighters did an excellent job yesterday,” praised Lipp, “and we will
continue to use them to construct handline along the western perimeter of
the fire today.” This will extend the containment line created by the
burnout operation.  This is a heavily timbered area where highly qualified
crews will carefully work over the next several days.

“Red flag” conditions are forecasted for very hot, dry and windy
conditions, keying firefighters into critical fire weather today.

The fire, burning ten miles southwest of Walsenburg is 15 percent contained
and 12,966 acres.

Firefighters are appreciative of the community support that has been

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