Spring Creek Fire burns structures, grows to 4,000 acres in Costilla County

FORT GARLAND, Colo. — Authorities said Thursday some structures have been burned by a wildfire in southern Colorado. The Spring Creek Fire  had grown to 4,000 acres by Thursday night.

It’s not clear how many structures were burned. There were reports that homes were lost.

The fire east of Fort Garland — about 160 miles south of Denver — is 0 percent contained since being reported Wednesday.

It has evacuated about 350 primary and vacation homes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. All roads leading into the Forbes Park and Wagon Creek subdivisions are closed.

U.S. 160 was closed Friday morning between Fort Garland and Walsenburg. Officials have asked the public to avoid the area.

A shelter has been set up at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center at 17591 E. Highway 160 in Blanca.

Hot, dry and windy weather has raised the fire danger across much of Colorado as well as Utah and parts of Arizona and Nevada.

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