The wind was furious on Monday, with gusts up to 63 miles per hour, said Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt. By midday the La Junta Fire Department had fought two local blazes.

The wind was furious on Monday, with gusts up to 63 miles per hour, said Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt. By midday the La Junta Fire Department had fought two local blazes, one on the river bottom near the North La Junta overpass and the other at 8974 State Highway 266, near Holbrook Reservoir, north of Swink. One farm building burned to the ground by noon. The neighbor next door to the west said the wind and sand were blowing so hard that morning, he and his wife couldn't see the road. Needless to say, be careful with and around fire.

The wind kept blowing and another five structures were lost, said Eveatt on Monday evening. "But nobody was hurt," he added. Eveatt, his face still covered with gray ash, had just returned from the fire at 7 p.m.