The Duckett Fire in Custer and Fremont Counties has now burned nearly 2500 acres. No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, but residents of the Brush Creek Estates Subdivision are added to the list of evacuations. Mandatory evacuations are also in effect for Eagle Peak Subdivision, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, County Road 192, and other scattered structures. The fire is about 5% contained and the cause is still under investigation. Crews were able to hold the fire overnight, but the south fire perimeter continues to be a concern.

Meanwhile, in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, the Track Fire has burned about half of the forested acres at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Officials say crews have been making progress on the blaze that’s burned more than 25,000 acres. It remains at 5% containment. Two Air Force C-130s from the California National Guard have arrived at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, though it’s unclear which fires they will concentrate on fighting. The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Raton Convention Center for residents affected by the Track Fire. Interstate 25 remains closed between Trinidad and Raton. Health officials in both states are warning residents that smoke from the Track Fire will move into areas of southern Colorado. Residents with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should be cautious in affected areas.

And, Colorado state government websites were down for about 2 1/2 hours today after state agencies temporarily lost their connection to the Internet. Officials are still working on figuring out what happened.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to switching sides between GOP presidential candidates in exchange for under-the-table payments. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.
 

Courtesy of Oxfam
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply “culturally acceptable food.” Now they’re trying to define what that is.
 

Arts & Life

Lifetime
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Lifetime’s new makeover show layers racial politics on top of the uncomfortable dynamics of manipulating beauty and style choices, and comes up with something to offend just about everyone.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · C.K. won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for an episode on his FX show Louie. In 2011, C.K. told Fresh Air about making his comedy special and his relationship with other comedians.
 

iStock
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Take a moment to reflect on some big and beautiful ideas.
 

Music

August 27, 2014 | NPR · As part of an All Things Considered series on trade lingo, music producer Don Was explains the word “clam” — a mistake made by a musical performer.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s latest video as The Both, for the song “Volunteers Of America,” is a touching celebration of life and love.
 

Ebru Yidiz for NPR
August 27, 2014 | NPR · African psychedelia, funked-up Indian bhangra and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab