A wonderfull blessing of rain last night throughout Cuchara Valley and extended surrounding area. Nearly a half inch. Unfortunately, it also brought a 30 minute lightning show with it. So there may be some new hot spots but we have the people and equipment here to handle it. Forecast calls for afternoon shows every day for the next week! Whoopee.
Several hot-shot crews are still staying up on the mountain in spike camps full-time, digging in fire lines and to be more accessible to the fire. Hazardous conditions so usually an EMT-Paramedic on the mountainside with them. Helicopters already airborne this morning looking for any new problem areas.
FYI, correction on Homes lost to the fire. Only 13 homes, other structures were barns, etc. None lost in our immediate area of La Veta and Cuchara Valley. And Wahatoya 360 is officially back open now.
Here is a great link to the East Peak – La Veta Incident Command site.
Progress today on the fire line. 316 firefighters attacking the mountain-side. Trucks and rigs from surrounding area states. Bullshead, Miles City, Arrowhead Hot-Shots, etc. Plus from all over Colorado. Also 4 helicopters and 2 slurry tanker planes. Friday night transitioned command over to the Rocky Mountain Incident Command Type II team.
Sat. morning looked calm and clearing, but then afternoon hot shifting winds are still creating new trouble canyons with acreage now estimated at 11,365. Still contained to the N and E side of East Peak but moving somewhat lower on the mountain toward La Veta. And extending much farther east toward I-25 and Walsenburg. Some winds are predicted to turn around toward the west Sunday. Red Flag Warning all day but but finally this evening a report of 10% containment. Some small progress.
Frightening fire up on the East Peak last night. Still no containment. Maybe 7 or 8 miles SE of La Veta and even farther away from Cuchara. Evacuations are in progress in some areas.
It started up at end of Bear Creek Road near Boy Scout Camp on north side of the East Peak. Has burned much up the mountain on north side toward peak and slowly creeping westerly too. But winds also blowing fire NE toward Walsenburg. Burning a large area now, 9,000 acres. Burning south of CR 363 between 360 Wahatoya and Bear Creek to the west. Have already also lost a few homes considerable distance SE of the peak too, in areas of Silver Spurs and Blackhawk Ranch developments.
Memorial Weekend has seen more traffic here in Cuchara Valley than we expected. Aspen and oak aren’t even in leaf yet, but beautiful weather, bears are out, visitors and clients coming in earlier than usual it seems. Meanwhile, I am getting plenty of good work. Fantastic new properties to look at. And I am reminded that my new posts have been lagging. Will post more photos later.
Have a great weekend memorial of friends, family, EMS, and for those serving our great country in all uniforms. Come see us.
Our son Kevin came to visit this week. Great time together but always too quick. He showed me his newest I-phone, I-pad, I-decoder, etc. But I will probly stay with the old rotary.
A nice 7 inch snow last night here in Cuchara Valley.