Colorado burning: Teller County residents ordered to evacuate, Spring Creek fire mushrooms to more than 33000 acres – Colorado Springs Gazette
Update 7:40 a.m.
The Spring Fire has grown to 33,956 acres and remains zero percent contained.
U.S. 160 remains closed between Fort Garland and La Veta as the fire burns on both sides of the highway, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
In Pueblo County, 93 campsites at the Arkansas Point Campground at Lake Pueblo State Park were evacuated. Boaters at southshore Marina have also been exacuated.
Juniper Road has been closed, leaving no public entrance to the south side of the park.
A 417-acre Teller County wildfire prompted evacuations of two subdivisions Friday as firefighters scrambled to contain the blaze — one of many burning across the state as temperatures soar and extreme fire danger worsens.
The High Chateau fire, burning south of Florissant and west of Cripple Creek, was zero percent contained at last report. No structures had been lost, the Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
The blaze was reported about 12:30 p.m. on County Road 11 near mile marker 9. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the High Chateau and Highland Meadows subdivisions about 1:30 p.m.
The mandatory evacuation area includes 111 homes, the Sheriff’s Office said. County Roads 11 and 111 were closed.
“Leave NOW,” the Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
A shelter for evacuees was opened at Cripple Creek- Victor Junior-Senior High School, 410 N. B St.
The Teller County Fair Grounds on County Road 1 in Cripple Creek was opened for livestock.
The fire closed Fremont County Road 11, also known as High Park Road, through to Teller County.
A 137-acre blaze burning in an arroyo southwest of Pueblo’s Stonemoor Hills neighborhood — called the Stonemoor fire — also prompted evacuations Friday.
Residents in nine homes along Colorado 96 between McCarthy Boulevard and Pueblo Reservoir Access Road were asked to evacuate.