Weber Fire grows to 6,000 acres in Mancos

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Weber Fire in southwest Colorado. June 23, 2012

Weber Fire in southwest Colorado. June 23, 2012

MANCOS, Colo. — After more evacuations were ordered Saturday for people in southwestern Colorado, the Weber Fire is a half mile from crossing Highway 160 near Mancos. Such a jump over one of the area’s major thoroughfares could cause significant traffic difficulties.

Pam Wilson, the fire information officer with the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center, said flames came within 300 yards of the nearest home Saturday but that no structures have yet been lost.

The fire had initially knocked out AT&T cell phone service, but that service was restored Sunday. A new evacuation center will open at Cortez High School at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The fire broke Friday evening southeast of Mesa Verde National Park. Since then, 110 homes have been evacuated and 350 pre-evacuation notices have been sent for the town of Mancos.

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