Four wildfires are burning in Southern Colorado torching more than 9,000 acres.
The largest fire is burning in Costilla and Huerfano counties. At last report, the Mato Vega fire had burned 8,900 acres. That is more than ten times bigger than yesterday. The situation is far from favorable as firefighters battle high winds and hot, dry conditions. The Red Cross has opened two shelters for evacuees and the Salvation Army set up a mobile kitchen in Fort Garland.
Meanwhile in Teller County, firefighters continue to fight a 50-acre fire. The fire is burning just six miles northwest of Cripple Creek just southeast of Wright Reservoir. The Wrights Fire has forced three homes to be evacuated and more than 400 other residents are on standby for evacuation. The evacuation standby effects people living within a five-mile radius of Wrights Reservoir.
A small wildfire burning near Penrose is also forcing evacuations. Officials say the fire has burned about 6 to 8 acres in the Beaver Creek area near Penrose about one mile east of Highway 115. The evacuations have been called mandatory. The fire is moving so fast officials say it damaged some of the firefighting
And a fourth fire is now burning in Custer County off of Highway 165 about three miles south of where 165 joins Highway 96 in an area known as Mckenzie Junction. According to the Custer County Sheriff... fire crews hit it hard with an initial attack and they have a good handle on the fire. There is no word on evacuations or the number of acres that have been consumed.