Southern Colorado wildfire grows to 197 acres; air tankers, planes on scene – The Denver Post


Air tankers and planes were dropping retardant and water Sunday on a 197-acre wildfire in the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado.

The fire started Saturday in Conejos County about 18 miles west of Antonito and was initially reported as 17 acres. Rio Grande National Forest spokesman Gregg Goodland said the Menkhaven fire grew during the day, but didn’t appear to expand significantly overnight.

Evacuations were ordered for homes in the Menkhaven subdivision north of Colorado 17, which was shut down about 9 miles south of Antonito to Cumbres Pass. It was unclear how many homes were affected.

No orders were issued for the communities of Horca and Fox Creek, which are along the highway.