August 13, 2022

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Monte Vista evacuated because of fire

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A fire that ignited Wednesday afternoon near the San Luis Valley town of Monte Vista burned structures and prompted the evacuation of homes, businesses and an elementary school.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for the northeast side of the town, though the fire appeared to be less active as of about 4 p.m.

The shaded area reflects the mandatory evacuation area in Monte Vista.

The Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office is still asking people to avoid the entire municipality.

“THIS IS NOT A REQUEST,” the agency posted on Facebook. “PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE MONTE VISTA AREA.”

A video posted to Facebook by state Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, appeared to show a building engulfed in flames. Other images from the scene appeared to show more structures damaged or destroyed in…

The Colorado Sun

2022-04-20 15:21:49

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