Colorado Fire May Wipe Out Tourist Town
South Fork evacuated, was used in 'Vacation' movie
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
People attend a town meeting in South Fork, Colo., on Thursday. The town is now evacuated.   (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Penny Bertram)

(Newser) – The mountain resort of South Fork, Colorado, is a ghost town today as a massive wildfire approaches. (If you've seen the Chevy Chase movie Vacation, you've seen the place: The Griswolds picnicked there, notes AP.) The town has 400 full-time residents, all of whom had evacuated by this morning, reports the Denver Post. At the peak of summer, the population swells to 10 times its normal size. The wildfire is the result of two separate fires, both started by lightning, that combined last weekend. The resulting blaze had been relatively modest until yesterday, when it more than doubled in size to 30,000 acres.

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Jun 22, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
Here in northern New Mexico, we're impacted by the smoke from that fire. People with asthma or other bronchial problems need to stay indoors. I considered South Fork for retirement -- it's beautiful and affordable but shopping a fur distance to go. My heart goes out to all those people who are forced to leave their homes. I hope in the end, all will be safe. I cannot imagine the loss of photos and all the momentos that sum up their lives. May the spirits go with you.
Jun 21, 2013 9:20 PM CDT
Common, someone's house the livelihood is about to burn. Imagine if this was you, would you be happy. I do feel sorry for these folks, money isn't everything.
Jun 21, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
Cue 'South Park' jokes...Cartman must be furious at the hippies telling him he has to leave home!