Date: 3/30/21 8:27 am
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fire at Van's Grove, Bent County CO
Birders,

A fire began at 10:30 last night on US 50 eight miles east of Las Animas
CO, with the passage of a storm front. I read that the fire started
along US 50, moved south with north winds, was confined to a wet stream
bottom and and had jumped Bent County Road JJ, with only one structure
threatened. I figured it had to be close to Van's Grove, and that the
stream bottom was along Gageby Creek.

Sure enough, the fire went through legendary bird migrant trap Van's
Grove, burning a lot of trees and all of the undergrowth. There were
some parts of the grove that did not burn, although the prairie on all
sides, and Gageby Marsh did. It remains to be seen how bad the damage
is, but, for now, it looks pretty bad.

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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