Crews focus on homes

Crews focus on homes

West Fork blazes keep Wolf Creek Pass closed for 7th day
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The eastern flank of the Papoose Fire is seen Wednesday afternoon from Colorado Highway 149. As of Wednesday morning, it had burned 25,236 acres.
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A sign thanking those who are fighting the West Fork Complex sits at the east entrance to South Fork on U.S. Highway 160.
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A helicopter works the northwestern flank of the Papoose Fire on Wednesday afternoon. It was dropping buckets of water on a ridgeline to stop the fire from advancing over the ridge and down into a subdivision.
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A sign thanking those who are fighting the West Fork Fire Complex sits at the east entrance to South Fork on U.S. Highway 160 on Wednesday morning. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Travel to South Fork on Wednesday was limited primarily to firefighters, law enforcement, and some residents who received permission to visit their homes from the incident command post in Del Norte. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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From left: Betty Velasquez, Barbara Pacheco, Shannon Garcia, and Augusto Basterrechea of Colorado Workforce pay a visit to the American Red Cross facility in Del Norte on Wednesday morning to assess the need for unemployment assistance and business services, Velasquez said. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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John Potter of The Salvation Army said the organization is turning out 8,000 to 10,000 snack bags a day to firefighters in the area, on top of serving three meals a day to them and displaced people from South Fork and elsewhere. Juan Paz of The Salvation Army takes inventory of some incoming supplies on Wednesday morning at the American Red Cross shelter in Del Norte. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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“My bags, they’re packed on my bed...you get home, wash them (clothes), you wait for a call,” said camp crew member Aspen Arnold of Montpelier, Idaho, on Wednesday morning at her camp site in Del Norte. Arnold, a member of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest camp crew, said she left her home over a week ago to work the Lime Gulch Fire near Conifer before arriving in Del Norte to support fire fighting crews there. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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“The first couple of days we thought ‘I don’t know if we’re going to get food in...’ We were all pretty happy we could kep our jobs,” said Debbie Lamb, who was working at the Kentucky Belle Market in Creede on Wednesday morning. Lamb said after some difficulty food trucks are able to travel up Colorado Highway 149 to supply the market and the residents of Creede. Lamb checks out Michael Romero, left, and Jason Hobby, both wildland fire specialists with the Montrose Hell Fighters. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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“The beetle kill here has been so bad. You knew it was coming eventually,” said Cindy Kilpatrick, who opened up the Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Co. under hazy skies on Wednesday morning in Creede. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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A helicopter drops water Wednesday on the Papoose Fire, which was 25,236 acres in size as of Wednesday morning.
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Bobby Kitchens with the federal firefighting team watches as a helicopter prepares to drop water Wednesday on the Papoose Fire. More than 1,300 firefighters are battling the West Fork Complex, which includes the West Fork Fire, Windy Pass Fire and Papoose Fire.
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A helicopter prepares to drop water Wednesday on the Papoose Fire, which was 25,236 acres in size as of Wednesday morning.
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A dust devil kicks up hot ash and embers Wednesday in a burned area at the Papoose Fire southwest of Creede.
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The Papoose Fire had burned 25,236 acres as of Wednesday morning.
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The Papoose Fire had burned 25,236 acres as of Wednesday morning.
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