MONTEZUMA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire burning out of control in Montezuma County has grown to 100 acres and it now reportedly threatening structures and forcing evacuations.

The Roatcap Fire, which was earlier referenced as the Simon Draw Fire, is burning near County 29 and County Road P and is said to be heading northeast.

According to fire officials, 100 homes, high-voltage power lines and a Colorado Department of Transportation storage facility are being threatened. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for 15 to 20 residences or businesses.

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center ordered two Type 2 firefighting crews along with a Type 1 hotshot crew coming from the Vallecito Fire.

A Type 1 helicopter, Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) and heavy air tanker have been ordered but they might not be available due to the Wetmore Fire in Pueblo County.

Evacuees are asked to check in at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Substation in Dolores to register. The Red Cross is responding.

The Sheriff’s office has set up these phone hotlines: (970) 564-4997 and (970) 564-4998. Information will also be forthcoming on the sheriff’s website.

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