Hello San Luis Valley tourists and residents,
Here is an update on the Spring Fire in our Heritage Area.
As of 10:20am Monday, July 2nd the Spring Fire was measured at 56,820 acres with 5% containment. There are 550 personnel working the fire.
Road Closures — As of 1am July 2nd – US Hwy 285 is closed between Antero Junction and Fairplay. CO 9 and US 24 being used as alternate routes. As of 7:22am July 2nd – Hwy 12 is closed between the Cuchara Pass area and La Veta. US Hwy 160 is still closed in both directions over La Veta Pass between Fort Garland and La Veta. No estimated time for reopening. US 50 west of Pueblo is open to US 285.
Weather: Per Incident Mgmt Team Black – As of 9am July 2nd: Weather remains unstable, and a warming trend continues today with temperatures approaching 90F. Relative humidity is decreasing and could reach single digits today. Winds are from the west-southwest at 10 to 14 mph with gusts nearing 25 mph. These factors align for another day of extreme fire behavior.
The Great Sand Dunes National park and preserve is open with Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect Check their website alerts for updates.
All the museums in our heritage area are open. Check the SLV Museum Association’s website for locations and hours of operations.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad has suspended operations. Please check their Facebook page for updates to their schedule and operations.
The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is still operating with normal trains running daily. Visit their website for more information
NOAA Weather Radio Station WXM-54, serving Alamosa CO and the San Luis Valley, will be off the air indefinitely due to the Spring Fire.
Community Information Contacts:
Fire-related community information for Costilla County: 719-480-8719