Pueblo Area Firefighters involved in Joint Effort to Put out Southern Colorado Fire Easter Weekend

It took a joint effort to put out a fast growing 1,500 fire east of La Junta Easter weekend. The large fire, named “Bents Fort Fire” caused the closure of 194, near the Bent/Otero County line, just east of La Junta, Saturday. The huge fire expanded to about 1,167 acres by early Saturday evening, with local, regional and air crews continuing to fight it through the night and into the morning. Highway 50 was closed for a time as well, due to a flare up in the middle of the night. Finally by 10 am the sheriff’s departments announced that the fire was 75 percent contained and that all evaluation orders were lifted. Then by Eastern Sunday afternoon, even better news came – the fire was 95 percent contained. The Otero County Sheriff’s Department sent out a thank you to those who spent Easter fighting this fire along with this image:

“As the Sheriff of Otero County, I would like to thank all the firefighters in all of southeastern Colorado and this includes La Junta, Rocky Ford, Manzanola, Fowler, Cheraw, Prowers County Rural Fire, City of Lamar Fire Fire, BentCounty Fire, Las Animas, Hasty/McClave, Wiley, Kim, Pritchett, Walsh, Pueblo, Beulah, Pueblo West, State DFPC, State Homeland Security Emergency Management, El Paso County/Colorado Springs, Emergency Managers from Bent, Crowley and Otero, the incident managers, deputies from otero and Bent counties, State Troopers, CDOT, Otero and Bent County Road and Bridge, our Otero County Administrator, Pilots of the aircrews, Dispatchers, volunteers and citizens that are helping on the Bent’s Fort Fire for everything you do. On top of everything we are already going through… you answer the Call… Thank you sincerely… Sheriff Shawn M. Mobley. (I’m hoping I haven’t left anyone out).”

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