South Fork residents allowed back home near fire

AP News
Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:52 PM

SOUTH FORK, Colo. (AP) — Residents and visitors are being allowed back to the southwestern Colorado town of South Fork, a week after they were forced because of a massive wildfire.

The evacuation was lifted Friday since firefighters feel confident they could defend the summer retreat should the fire again advance toward it. They've dug a wide bulldozer line they can expand if that happens and have also been dropping water along the highway leading to the town all week.

The town relies on tourism so business owners there have been anxious to reopen.

The West Fork Fire, one of a trio of fires burning in the area, is within about 3 miles of the town. Residents are being asked to remain on alert, should conditions change or if lightning starts a new fire.