East Fork Fire AM Update: Friday, August 28 2020


Caley Fisher | Public Information Officer

caley.fisher@state.co.us | 720.391.1565


Acres: 450

Containment: 10%

Date Started: 8/22/2020

Cause/Origin: Lightning/Natural

Location: 11 miles SE of Trinidad, CO.  1.5 miles from CO/NM border

Incident Commander: Larry Long, DFPC Battalion Chief


August 28, 2020: The East Fork Fire, located 11 miles SouthEast of Trinidad, CO near the Colorado/New Mexico Border is 450 acres and 10% containment. The fire is currently burning on 2 State Wildlife Areas: Colorado Parks & Wildlife- James M John SWA and Lake Dorothy SWA. 


Today, crews installed indirect lines and began burnout operations on the West, North, and East flanks of the fire.They engaged the fire with direct tactics in the areas where it is safe to do so. Because the fire is burning in a steep canyon with heavy down and dead fuels, as well as standing snags; crews will continue to search areas and assess roads and trails for indirect tactics. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and engage the fire when possible and when the safety and lives of firefighters is not at risk.


Agencies involved include the DFPC, Hoehne Volunteer Fire Department, Las Animas County and the Las Animas County Sheriff.  There continue to be 25 total personnel fighting the fire and aerial support in the form of a large air tanker and Multi Mission Aircraft. Additional DFPC Engines and Modules will arrive today and tomorrow.


Donations being accepted: Fire crews battling the East Fork Fire are in need of cases of bottled water, nonperishable food items, and supplies such as:

  • eye drops
  • face wipes
  • bottled water
  • granola bars (no chocolate chips)
  • energy bars
  • protein bars
  • beef jerky
  • sunscreen
  • Gold Bond powder
  • sports drinks
  • chapstick
  • peanut butter
  • mixed nuts
  • dried fruit
  • toothpaste (travel size)
  • toothbrushes
  • mouthwash
  • cotton socks
  • powdered milk
  • Gallon Ziplock bags

Please do not donate food items that melt e.g., chocolate. All items must be in their original packaging.

Please drop off your donations at these locations:

Fire Station 1 - 1605 Santa Fe Trail

Fire Station 2 - 1102 Nevada Avenue

Safety is the number one priority and as such, strategies moving forward include maintaining firefighter and public safety by utilizing sound risk management actions and utilizing suppression activities that guide the fire into natural barriers. Additionally, minimizing the potential impacts of COVID-19 through the practice of social distancing, proper personal hygiene, and regular cleaning. 


As a reminder, Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in effect in Las Animas County. This is due not only to the potential for high winds, but the moisture content of potential fuels at lower elevations as well as the limited resources available to combat a large-scale fire due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Learn more at https://www.lasanimascounty.net/. 


Additional information will be released to the website and social media channels listed below-as it becomes available.


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