Above: 3-D map of the Spring Creek Fire looking northwest.
(UPDATED at 12:57 p.m. MDT July 3, 2018)
The area where the Spring Creek Fire is located in south-central Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning today. At around noon a weather station near La Veta was recording temperatures in the mid-eighties, 9 percent relative humidity, and winds out of the west at 15 mph. On Wednesday the conditions should be similar, but with slightly higher humidity.
Tuesday afternoon the Incident Management Team changed their reported size of the fire to 78,941 acres — up from 60,710 earlier today.
(Originally published at 8 a.m. MDT July 3, 2018)
The Spring Creek Fire is burning homes and devastating tens of thousands of acres of private land 17 miles west of Walsenburg, Colorado. San Luis Valley 911 tweeted Monday night that 104 homes have been destroyed in the Forbes Park area.
Total Acres: 60,710
Forbes Park area:
?104 houses destroyed
61 houses intact, others are inaccessible at this time
— San Luis Valley 911 (@slv_911) July 3, 2018
Since it started June 27 it has blackened 60,710 acres, according to the official information from the Incident Management Teams Monday night. Our VERY UNOFFICIAL estimate is that at least 75,000 acres have burned as of early Tuesday morning.
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These maps were made with Google Earth using fire perimeter data collected at 12:53 a.m. MDT July 3, 2018 (the red line) by a U.S. Forest Service mapping aircraft. The yellow line was the perimeter about 24 hours before. We hope they will answer a few questions for local residents about which areas are within the burned perimeter. Of course if they are, it does not mean that the structures have been destroyed. Firefighters have no doubt worked hard to save many.