This was the view from 30 miles away at 10 p.m. Monday. Update: Almost 85,000 acres have burned.
A WALL OF ORANGE FLAMES CAN BE SEEN AT THE BASE OF THE TOWERING SMOKE COLUMN OF THE SPRING FIRE THAT’S CLAIMED AT LEAST 25 HOMES. A BEAR CUB FOUND WITH SEVERELY BURNED PAWS WAS BEING TREATED BY A VET AND EXPECTED TO SURVIVE.
THE SPRING FIRE THAT CLOSED LA VETA PASS, 65 MILES SOUTH OF PUEBLO, HAD BURNED 57,000 ACRES AS OF 3:30 P.M. MONDAY AND IS LESS THAN 10 PERCENT CONTAINED. Photos: Norm Clarke
A buffalo herd not far from Westcliffe
A camera with a zoom lens produced this closeup of one of the baby owls.