Spring Fire grows to nearly 107,000 acres; at least 132 homes burned

COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. — Growth on Colorado’s third largest wildfire in terms of size in state history has slowed, but it is still spreading.

The Spring Fire in Costilla and Huerfano counties was reported at 106,985 acres Saturday morning. Fire managers said it was 55 percent contained.

The fire started June 27 five miles east of Fort Garland in Costilla County. At least 132 homes have been destroyed.

One man is in custody and facing arson charges for starting the fire.

There were 1,688 firefighters at the Spring Fire as of Saturday morning.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Huerfano County officials said Highway 160 had reopened and residents of Tres Valles could return home.

The highway had reopened earlier Saturday only to be shut down a short time later due to increased fire activity.

Highway 12 is closed from mile marker 7 to mile marker 22.5. Highway 69 is closed from mile marker 5 to mile marker 42 (open to local traffic only).

Parts of the San Isabel National Forest are closed.

Evacuations remained in effect Saturday. For current evacuee information: Huerfano County or call 719-695-9604. Costilla County or call 719-480-8719.

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