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Firefighters desperate for change in weather

Fires may burn until July monsoons, officials say
To help

The U.S. Forest Service offers these suggestions for those who would like to help firefighters on the West Fork Complex Fire.
Most appreciated:
Thank-you notes and banners.
Donations to Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org.
What is not accepted:
Food items, because of health and federal contract regulations. Local food bank donations tend to decrease when the public chooses to donate their food to fire camp – we feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day including snacks.
Top suggestions:
Join or support your local volunteer fire department or emergency organizations – they need your generosity because they are the first responders in many cases.
Donate to local charitable organizations such as the Red Cross.
Defensible space. Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to retreat to or with which to defend your home.
For other ways to volunteer or make donations dial 2-1-1 or visit http://helpcoloradonow.com.

Alternate routes

U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 149 remain closed to traffic because of the West Fork Complex Fire.
Alternate route over Wolf Creek between Alamosa and Pagosa Springs: U.S. Highway 285 to Colorado Highway 17 (Cumbres/La Manga passes) to U.S. Highway 84 to Pagosa Springs.
Alternate route between Saguache and Durango: Colorado Highway 114 to U.S. 50 to U.S. 550.

Firefighters desperate for change in weather

A hillside wildfire along Colorado Highway 149 west of Creede threatens homes on Monday. Firefighters were defending the small homes, the Wolf Creek Ski Area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire that has moved west of the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains. Firefighters are using passive firefighting techniques and hoping for break from early monsoons that would allow a more strategic assault on the backcountry blazes.
Wade Steady and Ali Price, both from Colville, Wash., put up sprinklers to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch and other cabins from the West Fork Fire.
Christopher Montecino from a Bureau of Land Management fire district out of Klamath Falls, Ore., helps clear trees to protect the Bruce Spruce Ranch from the West Fork Fire.
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