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SW Colorado Fire Update -- June 17, 2013, 7:00 PM

An infrared flight tonight will determine the growth on the fires today and will be given in Tuesday’s update.  There are approximately 220 people assigned to the complex. Transition to the NIMO team is expected to occur at end of shift on Tuesday. Total cost for the two fires is estimated at $411,000.

West Fork Fire:  Today the fire was relatively inactive in the Beaver Creek drainage where the growth occurred yesterday; some of the spot fires on the outer edge burned together but there were no significant runs. The fire was more active on the west side of the West Fork. The fire also moved into the Spring Creek drainage on the east side of the fire. The majority of the West Fork Fire is burning within the Weminuche Wilderness.

Windy Pass Fire:   Little growth occurred on the Windy Pass fire. Most of the fire activity occurred along the perimeter where small spot fires burned towards each other. Firefighters made good progress on locating indirect control lines to the west and north of the fire.

Maps and photos (news releases and other announcements) are posted on the Archuleta County Emergency information site at:   www.acemergency.org as they become available.