Colorado Fires; West Fork Complex Threatens The Community of South Fork

Some images defy description. I’m pretty sure this is not “shopped” but it doesn’t look normal. This is a fire you steer clear of. The 30,000 acre West Fork Complex is bearing down on the community of South Fork. According to Wikipedia close to 1,000 persons call South Fork home in fewer than 600 homes or dwellings.

Credit; Denver Goodman via Kelly Schuberth @Kelly7News

Particulars from Inciweb;
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 05th, 2013 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14.5 mi NE of Pagosa Springs
Incident Commander Curtis Heaton
Current Situation
Total Personnel 275
Size 29,900 acres
Fuels Involved
Timber with heavy dead standing bug kill
Fire Behavior
Extreme fire behavior observed at the time of submission of this report due to wind and slope aligned crown fire and long range spotting up to 3/4 mile in stands of dead timber. The same is expected in tomorrow’s behavior. Red Flag Warning in effect.
Significant Events

Very active fire behavior. Values at risk are being assessed, evacuations and closures are being evaluated.
Outlook
Growth Potential
High
Terrain Difficulty
Extreme
Remarks
Phoenix NIMO assumed command on June 19.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 15-25 G47 mph SW
Temperature 75 degrees
Humidity 10%

With only 275 fire personnel on the ground structure protection is unavailable for the majority of properties. At this time the town is under a mandatory evacuation order. Given the lack of resources assigned —note the fire ignited on June 5— and the apparent fire behavior, as noted in the image above, homeowners must heed this evacuation order. This fire will burn until nature decides it is time to stop.

Local Colorado News w/some live video.
Photo attribution – Denver Goodman via Kelly Schuberth @Kelly7News. Link embedded in the image. Click image for link.