Wildfire blazes in eastern SLV

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FORT GARLAND — Area firefighters are battling a wildfire, titled the Spring Fire, on the San Luis Valley’s eastern edge that by Thursday morning had consumed about 2,000 acres and forced evacuations of hundreds of homes in the Trinchera/Forbes Park Area.

Some structures have been lost. The Costilla County Sheriff's Office will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Fort Garland-Community Center to share more information on structure evaluation and loss.

No injuries have been reported.

Roads leading into Forbes Park and Wagon Creek Subdivisions are closed.

The Costilla County commissioners declared a state of emergency at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to SLV Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator Linda Smith Forbes Park and Wagon Creek were under mandatory evacuation orders and an evacuation center supported by the American Red Cross had been set up at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Evacuation notices were sent to 383 phone numbers in the Forbes Park area.

Firefighters from the San Luis Valley and state crews are on scene in Costilla County with equipment including tankers, a helicopter and dozers.

See updates at SLVEmergency.org

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