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Posted on: May 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Update on High Park Fire Burning Over 800 Acres in Teller County

High Park Fire Update

Park County, CO –The Teller County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Land Management Rocky Mountain District Fire has issued an update on the High Park Fire at 4:40 PM:

"The High Park Fire continues to burn 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek. The fire has grown to 846 acres, most of the growth as a result of burnout operations that took place overnight, which assist with gaining containment by removing fuels between the fire and control features. The fire ignited on private property yesterday and was quickly pushed by strong winds onto Bureau of Land Management lands.

The fire is being managed under unified command between the Teller County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office. Approximately 150 air and ground resources are assigned to the fire, including Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi Mission Aircraft, one Type 1 and one Type 2 helicopters, two large air tankers, an air attack platform, fire engines, fire suppression modules, and dozers. Resources from Platte Canyon, Divide, Cripple Creek, Tallahassee, Florissant, Fourmile, and Mountain Communities fire protection districts; Victor, Northeast Teller, and Lake George fire departments; Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, U.S. Forest service, and BLM are assigned to firefighting operations, with assistance from Southwest Teller Ambulance Service, Woodland Park and Cripple Creek police departments, Park County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders and notices for several residential areas near the fire, and Teller County is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on BLM public lands across the Royal Gorge Field Office. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xuFcR." 

For ongoing updates, please visit: BLM Incident Page  and Teller County Sheriff Office Facebook .

Park County is in a Red Flag Warning and Stage 2 Burn Ban. The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Park County effective Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 11 AM - 8 PM. Please use extreme caution as fires will start easily and spread rapidly throughout the county and region.

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