A huge field fire in the middle of Yuma County has endangered humans, livestock, structures and homes as strong winds and dry vegetation fuel the widespread inferno, this afternoon, March 18.
All emergency response agencies in Yuma County are assisting in trying to bring it under control. It is believed a downed power line began the fire, probably 10-15 miles south of Highway 34 roughly at the County Road M intersection, which is about eight miles east of Yuma. It began around 1:30 p.m.
It was about three to four miles south of Highway 34 by 4:30 p.m. and also had traveled west, getting close to Road L.
According Yuma County Public Information Officer Ana Baucke an area 13 miles long and 14 miles wide in that area had been evacuated, including the whole community of Eckley. People living east of the smoke are asked to go to the WRAC in Wray, and those west of the smoke are supposed to go to the Yuma Community Center.
Highway 34 is closed from County Road M to one mile east of Eckley, a seven-mile stretch.
Three firefighters have been injured and have been treated at Yuma District Hospital. The severity of their injuries have not been released.
At least two homes have been destroyed, and many more homes and outbuildings are threatened.
Written by Tony Rayl Sunday, 18 March 2012 Yuma Pioneer