Smoky wildfire near Trinidad closes two state wildlife areas.
A wildfire burning southeast of Trinidad has shut down two state wildlife areas.
Lake Dorothey and the James M. John state wildlife areas have been closed at a safety precaution, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.
The East Fork fire, burning in remote and rugged canyons, was sparked by lightning Aug. 22 about 11 miles southeast of Trinidad, according to Las Animas County officials.
The two wildlife areas extend from the New Mexico state line north about 11 miles along the eastern edge of Fishers Peak State Park, the news release said.
Lake Dorothey, a 4,500-acre property popular for hunting bear, deer, elk and turkey, is accessible through Raton, N.M., and Sugarite Canyon State Park. Sugarite, in New Mexico, has been ordered evacuated.
James M. John, an 8,200-acre property extending from Lake Dorothey’s northern border, is also a popular hunting spot. It’s also accessible through Sugarite.
On Friday the fire grew to 1,100 acres with 10% containment, according to the Parks and Wildlife release.
Smoke from the fire is hindering visibility on Interstate 25 in the area. Two air tankers, two Colorado Air National Guard helicopters, and 55 firefighters are battling the blaze with additional support.
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