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The Springer Fire located in the mountains to the west of Colorado Springs is the fire that produced smoke throughout southern Colorado yesterday. The fire was first reported at noon on Sunday and is located three miles south of Lake George and approximately 2 miles north of 11-Mile Reservoir in Park County. The fire is currently estimated at 970 acres and is burning in ponderosa pine and grass. The fire is threatening numerous homes and cabins and evacuation orders remain in effect at this time, however, no structures have burned as of yet. A type 2 team assumed command of the fire this morning. Resources on site include 1 type-1 fire crew, 8 type-2 fire crews, 29 engines, 2 heavy air tankers, 1 lead plane and 3 helicopters. Additional resources have been ordered and are en route to the fire area. Weather today for the fire area is calling for hot temperatures with windy conditions. Smoke will continue to be visible throughout southern Colorado.

If the proposal to transfer a 90,000-acre easement to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ultimately approved, Louis Bacon, the Trinchera Ranch owner, will not transfer ownership of the property. Instead, the easement would turn over development rights of the property, which is formally known as the Blanca Ranch, to be held in perpetuity by the fish and wildlife service. The gift aspect of the proposal lies in the fact that Bacon is not asking the service to pay for the development rights that he is proposing to give up. While the details of the easement and its dollar value remain to be finalized, Bacon would remain the owner of the ranch under the current proposal.

Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet will hold town hall sessions in four southern Colorado communities to explain what their departments do and to visit one-on-one with citizens, community and elected leaders. There will be three concurrent sessions in 3 separate rooms at each town hall session, with about 4 cabinet members per panel. Each will do short introductions and will then separate around the room to answer individual questions from participants. In our area, the governor’s cabinet will be in Trinidad on Tuesday, June 26th, from 3 to 5pm at the Mount Carmel Center at 911 Robinson Avenue. Registration will be at 2:30pm. And the governor’s cabinet will be in Alamosa on Wednesday, June 27th, from 8:30 to 10:30am at the Adams State University Student Center at 208 Edgemont Blvd. Registration will begin at 8am. There is no charge to attend, but persons are asked to make a reservation to assure sufficient space and refreshments. Call 1-888-799-1799 for more information.

Huerfano County Emergency Management will be conducting an emergency siren test this Friday, June 22nd, in Walsenburg at 8:30am. Please make a note of it. If Friday’s test was a real emergency, the community should tune in here to KSPK for more information and instructions.

The Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder’s office will be closed for regular business on Tuesday, June 26th, for the primary election. The office will be open for election purposes only and will reopen on Wednesday, June 27th, for regular business. If you have questions please call the Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 719-589-6681. And, if you haven’t returned your mail-in ballot yet for this year’s primary election, don’t forget to do that as soon as possible.