High Park fire updates: Evacuations in place as wildfire burns 386 acres

A wildfire burning about five miles west of Cripple Creek has forced evacuations of area residents, and others remain on pre-evacuation status.

The High Park fire, which was reported at about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, has burned about 386 acres, less than one-square mile, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office and fire officials. About 120 people have been evacuated from the Lakemoor subdivision and the Cripple Creek Ranches are on a pre-evacuation — be prepared to flee — notice. An evacuation shelter is set up in Cripple Creek with the local school district.

The fire is burning mostly on Bureau of Land Management lands, and no structures are immediately threatened, the sheriff’s office said on Friday. Multiple fire fighting agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, are working on the fire, with ground crews and air support from two helicopters. A large air tanker is also making drops on the fire. No injuries have been reported.

As of Friday afternoon, the fire was 0% contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The blaze is burning mostly through pinyon, juniper and ponderosa pine, and grasslands. A red flag warning for fire danger has been posted for the area by the National Weather Service through 8 p.m. Friday.

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