SE Colo. wildfire flares up, evacuations lifted
April 12, 2011
FORT LYON, Colo. (AP) – Crews battling a large wildfire in southeast Colorado are expected to get some more help.
Fire managers say a new crew will arrive Tuesday to relieve local crews fighting an 11-square-mile wildfire near Las Animas, about 200 miles southeast of Denver. Much of the fire had been declared contained Sunday, but high winds caused part of it to flare up Monday night.
The Bent County sheriff’s office ordered evacuations for 50 homes and residents of at least 30 more left as a precaution. The evacuation orders were lifted late Monday night, but a Red Cross shelter in Las Animas stayed open.
The fire is about a quarter-mile from the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, but the prison wasn’t threatened or evacuated.
The blaze started Saturday.