A wildfire broke out Saturday in Conejos County, about 7 miles northwest of Fox Creek.
The Menkhaven fireplace has burned about 20 acres within the Rio Grande Nationwide Forest, in keeping with the USDA Forest Service. Colorado 17 has been shut down about 9 miles south of Antonito to Cumbres Go.
#RioGrandeNF firefighters are aiding #ConejosCounty with a wildfire roughly 7 miles NW of Fox Creek, CO. The #MenkhavenFire is est. at 20 acres. Freeway 17 has been closed 9 miles south of Antonito, CO as much as Mile Level 28, close to Cumbres Go. Addt. assets ordered. pic.twitter.com/XNXu321oOL
— Rio Grande NF (@RioGrandeUSFS) May 28, 2022
A purple flag warning for essential fireplace hazard was posted for the world by the Nationwide Climate Service on Saturday.