Spring Fire 55% Contained; Highway 160 Reopened

Jul 7, 2018

The Spring Fire burning in southern Colorado is now 55% contained, up from 43% on Saturday. It's burned 106,985 acres. The Colorado Department of Transportation has reopened Highway 160 between La Veta and Fort Garland. Colorado Highway 12 remains closed from La Veta to Cuchara Pass. Colorado 69 will also stay closed from near Walsenburg to the Huerfano/Custer County Line. Local traffic will be allowed on 69; proof of residence is required.

Some residents in Huerfano County are allowed to return home, though will remain on a pre-evacuation status. For the latest on Costilla County, visit SLVemergency.org.

More than 1800 personnel continue to support firefighting efforts.

The 40% containment comes after a week of just 5%, coupled with significant fire growth. Thursday, fire officials announced containment had reached 35%. More than 130 structures have been destroyed. 

The fire is one of the largest in state history, surpassed only by 2002's Hayman Fire, which burned 137,760 acres, and 2013's West Fork Complex Fire, which burned 110,405 acres.

Last Updated 8:46 a.m., Sunday 7/8/18