East Peak Fire (credit: CBS)

East Peak Fire (credit: CBS)

WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Fire officials say a blaze in Southern Colorado is growing in hot, gusty weather and has destroyed some buildings.

East Peak Fire (credit: CBS)

East Peak Fire (credit: CBS)

The East Peak Fire in Huerfano County was estimated at 14 square miles Friday and there is no containment on the fire so far. Fire officials say nine homes and four outbuildings have been lost.

About 20 homes with 26 residents have been evacuated, and more than 170 Boy Scouts left the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch after the fire broke out Wednesday.

There is a mandatory evacuation order in place from east of La Veta to the west side of Interstate 25 and south of Highway 160 to the Las Animas county line. The city of Walsenburg is under pre-evacuation notice.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing federal money to help battle the fire. That will cover approximately 75 percent of the firefighting costs.

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