A wildfire broke out at around 5:30p.m. on Friday near Mancos, Colorado. Officials say the fire has quickly spread to an estimated 500-600 acres with 10 structures threatened.
Evacuations have been ordered in the Elk Springs subdivision in East Canyon, east of Mancos and La Plata County Sheriff's Officers are going door-to-door in the Cherry Creek area, telling residents to be prepared to evacuate. Evacuees are being housed by the Red Cross at the Mancos School. (Montezuma) County Roads 41 and 46 have closures south of Highway 160.
One helicopter and several ground crews are already battling the blaze with more air and ground support ordered.
The fire began in Weber Canyon, about 8 miles southeast of the Mesa Verde National Park Visitor's center, or about 18 miles east-southeast of Cortez.