UPDATE: Track Fire 80 Percent Contained, Human Caused

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email

Investigators have determined the culprit behind the Track Fire.

Strong evidence indicates that the operator of an All-Terrain Vehicle trespassed onto private property Sunday, likely igniting the fire with exhaust particles coming from the engine. The land is owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Investigators are now searching for the suspect.

The fire has destroyed numerous structures and displaced hundreds of people for several days. Evacuation orders were lifted Saturday.

Anyone with information on ATV operators driving around in the area the fire ignited on Sunday is asked to call NMSF agent Shawn Beck at 505-827-0503 or the Colfax County Sheriff's Department at 575-445-5561.

Crews made significant progress on containment Saturday, bringing the percent contained to 80 percent Sunday morning, up from 45 percent Saturday. The acreage burned remains just under 27,800. All evacuation orders were lifted Saturday morning.

Eight hundred and thirteen personnel remain on scene at the fire. Twenty-three crews, 31 engines, six water tenders, six dozers and seven helicopters are currently in use over the steep and rugged terrain in an attempt to fully contain the blaze.

11 News will continue to follow this fire, and provide all the latest information.

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  • by tim Location: trinidad on Jun 19, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    If u ask me its all the little cities and towns tht make up Colorado not the huge 1st like Denver, and cos
  • by tim Location: trinidad on Jun 19, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    If u ask me its all the little cities and towns tht make up Colorado not the huge 1st like Denver, and cos
  • by Bee Location: PUB on Jun 19, 2011 at 01:50 AM
    ... was only 23% contained."

    Always try to write / report in the active voice.

    Much love.... !!
  • by Eric Location: CoS on Jun 18, 2011 at 08:57 PM
    Michelle, who is responsible for all the construction on I-25 through Trinidad now? Last I was through there, all the overpasses were being rebuilt and made new again. That would be a state project, co-funded with federal dollars if I'm not mistaken.
  • by Resident Location: Pueblo on Jun 18, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    MICHELLE, we in Pueblo say that the state line ends in Colorado Springs...so, I feel what you are saying. To prove that point, just notice how the I-25 corridor is maintained throughout Springs and Denver compared to Pueblo. Makes one wonder why, when the same agency is supposed to be maintaining the whole thing. School funding and the use of 'lotto dollars' also prove this point.
  • by michelle Location: trinidad on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM
    @ Sam, my comment means that the Colorado state government often forgets about Trinidad because Trinidad is not a large town like Colorado Springs or Pueblo. It seems like state funding and resources never make it south of Pueblo.
  • by sam Location: trinidad on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    @ Michelle wut Do mean the state line ends un pueblo
  • by MIchelle Location: Trinidad, co on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    The Track Fire began in NM. The fire fight is being controlled by NM state and local officials. It isn't, technically, a "Colorado" fire. I am not sure what you mean by the lack of communication considering that local radio station KCRT has been broadcasting updates almost around the clock. The Chronicle News did several articles on it and Trinidad did a reverse 911 call to let citizens know Trinidad was safe. What more is supposed to be done? Trinidad is safe, do want government officials to keep repeating it? The issues with the highway are the problems of the state, not Trinidad. Trinidad had nothing to do with it. I'll complain about the highway here when Colorado Springs and Denver have no orange cones anywhere. But, according to everyone up north, the state line ends at Pueblo, right?
  • by Rachel Location: Id on Jun 16, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    Can anyone give me an update on the % that is contained and an ETA for 100% on the Track fire, is the town of Raton out of danger? our son is down there firefighting the news is lacking any details.
  • by Dustin Location: Trinidad, CO on Jun 16, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    Update: @Sam & @ Joe, I got word this afternoon that a Las Animas County fire department was doing a controlled back burn above where the "Bear Fire" was to help stop the Track Fire from coming down toward some homes below that area. The smoke you seen was mostly from that but the smoke as of 8pm is from mostly from the Track Fire. I hope that answers your question.
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