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