Weather conditions are making it challenging for firefighters to battle the Springer Fire five miles southwest of Lake George. The burn area is just shy of 1000 acres, but has more than doubled in size since this morning. Fire Information Officer Bob Deyerberg says the fire started under difficult conditions.

As you know, Colorado is in one of its worst draughts in ten years. This ignition happened under a high wind period with very low fuel moistures, low humidity, took off quite a bit. We’ve been hitting it hard with resources, but our intention is to put all the effort into it as possible to develop containment and suppression.

Deyerberg says they expect the number of personnel fighting the fire to increase from 250 to 450 by morning. As of mid-afternoon, no structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Mandatory evacuations remain in place and the cause remains under investigation. Officials plan to hold a brief community meeting tonight at 7 at Woodland Park High School.

Meanwhile, authorities say three more homes may have burned in the Larimer County wildfire that has already destroyed at least 181 others…

Five inmates of a Supermax prison in Colorado who say solitary confinement is making their mental illness worse have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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