Bents Fort Fire, posted at 1:57 p.m. MDT 4-11-2020 by Colorado State Patrol.A fire described as “massive” by the Twitter account for the Otero County Sheriff ignited Saturday about 9 miles east of La Junta, Colorado. The Sheriff’s office said at 3:05 p.m. MDT, “Fire units from almost [all] of southeast Colorado responding.” (see map below) Map showing the general location of the Bent’s Fort Fire in southeast Colorado, 4-11-2020.Map showing the location of the Bent’s Fort Fire in southeast Colorado, at 2:36 p.m. MDT, 4-11-2020. Satellites detected heat in each of the circles.At 5:34 p.m. MDT the fire had burned approximately 1,167 acres according to the Otero County Sheriff’s office.The fire is east of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site which is on the south side of Highway 194. Bents Fort Fire, posted at 2:12 p.m. MDT 4-11-2020 by Otero County Sheriff.The weather conditions are very conducive to rapid fire spread. At 5:30 p.m. at the La Junta Municipal Airport: 75 degrees, 6% relative humidity, with wind out of the south at 12 mph gusting to 22.
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