State officials are managing a 1,200-acre wildfire burning east of Fort Garland in southern Colorado as of Wednesday night.

The Spring Fire is burning east of Fort Garland in Costilla County and is zero percent contained, according to state officials.

While U.S. 160 is open just west of La Veta Pass in Costilla County, officials there are asking the public to avoid the area as the fire rages.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Forbes Park – and the alert has been sent to 383 phone numbers.

Wagons Park is under a pre-evacuation notice as of 9:10 p.m., according to San Luis Valley Emergency. The fire is headed toward Wagons Park.

Another look at the Spring Fire in Costilla County. (Photo: Costilla County Sheriff’s Office)

A shelter has been set up at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center along 4th Avenue west of town.

At last check, one hand crew and a large air tanker were en route to the fire. Crews already battling the fire include four dozers, four single-engine tankers and one Type-2 helicopter with another on the way.

Costilla County is in a Stage 2 fire ban.

This means residents can’t smoke unless they are in an enclosed vehicle or building. It also means fireworks are banned. No one can have a campfire going and no one’s allowed to use any kind of explosives. Residents are also banned from using a chainsaw powered by a combustion engine between the hours of 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. daily. No one can weld either.

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