East Peak fire burns 12 homes, reaches 55 percent containment

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The East Peak fire, burning in southern Colorado, grew to about 12,966 acres by Monday morning.

The East Peak fire, burning in southern Colorado, grew to about 12,966 acres by Monday morning.

DENVER — Firefighters have managed to gain control of half of the East Peak Fire burning in southern Colorado. The Huerfano County Sheriff canceled the pre-evacuation notice for the town of Walsenburg Tuesday.

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman says at least 12 homes and four out buildings have been destroyed.

Tuesday night, firefighters said the fire was 55 percent contained. The fire has burned 13,472 acres. Crews expect full containment Monday.

“The night shift crew took the advantage of the cool evening to detect heat, especially around structures and continued to mop up throughout their shift,” said Jeni Lawver of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

Firefighters also conducted burn outs to eliminate pockets of fuel, which Lawver said “will aid in decreasing the likelihood of fuels igniting during the optimal burning conditions during the day.”

Tuesday, firefighters plan to walk along the fire lines, finding pockets of heat and extinguishing them.

A Red Flag warning remained in effect for the area Tuesday.

The fire is burning on east Spanish Peak and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

A community meeting was scheduled Tuesday night at at La Veta Town Park at 7:00 p.m.

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