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Smoke from Mineral County wildfire drifting over Southern Colorado

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jun 19 2013 05:16:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 06:02:51 PM CDT

Smoke from the West Fork Complex Fire drifts over Westcliffe on June 19, 2013

PUEBLO, Colo. -

A large plume of smoke from a fire near Pagosa Springs spread across the sky in parts of Southern Colorado Wednesday.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 viewers from the San Luis Valley and Huerfano County reported seeing the smoke.

The National Weather Service office in Pueblo tweeted that smoke from the West Fork Complex Fire in Mineral County had reached Pueblo. That fire had grown to 3,280 acres as of Wednesday afternoon.

Five major fires were burning in Colorado late Wednesday, according to InciWeb.

  1. The 14,280 acre Black Forest Fire in El Paso County
  2. The 3,280 acre West Fork Complex fire in Mineral County.
  3. The 3,218 acre Royal Gorge Fire in Fremont County
  4. The 605 acre Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  5. The 485 acre Ward Gulch Fire burning in Garfield County.

A sixth fire, the Lime Gulch Fire, started Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County, southwest of Denver. It had burned 50 acres as of Wednesday evening.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 confirmed Wednesday evening that a 4-acre fire was burning one mile east of Table Mountain north of Texas Creek in Fremont County. BLM firefighters were working to contain it.

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