Gilbert Trujillo of Del Norte took this photo of one of the two fires near Wolf Creek Pass.

Gilbert Trujillo of Del Norte took this photo of one of the two fires near Wolf Creek Pass.

WOLF CREEK PASS, Colo. (CBS4) – Two wildfires are burning in the backcountry in the Wolf Creek Pass area of Southern Colorado.

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West Fork Fire (credit: Denise Benavides)

West Fork Fire (credit: Denise Benavides)

A wildfire called the West Fork Fire has tripled in size. The fire has now burned 12,000 acres.

The fire is putting up a huge plume of smoke and can be seen many miles away in Creede.

Smoke from the fires has shut down Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass.

West Fork Fire as seen from Creede. (credit: Keith Siddel)

West Fork Fire as seen from Creede. (credit: Keith Siddel)

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A second fire, closer to Wolf Creek Ski Area, has burned 700 acres. It is being called the Windy Pass Fire.

It has now burned within a quarter of a mile of the ski area boundary, but so far no structures have been destroyed.

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