High Park fire update: Wildfire grows to 1,558 acres, now 27% contained

The High Park fire outside Cripple Creek grew to 1,558 acres overnight Sunday, with conditions ripe for more growth on Monday.

Fire crews increased containment on the blaze to 27% from 11% the previous day, according to the fire’s InciWeb page.

Officials issued a red flag warning for the fire area Monday, with chances of isolated afternoon thunderstorms that could bring gusty, erratic winds but little chance of rain.

Firefighters continue to battle the flames from the air, with helicopters running drop cycles every three minutes, officials said.

“Fuels are critically dry, and the fire wants to grow in any direction, following slope, wind, and fuels,” fire officials said in Monday’s update.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the Lakemoor subdivision and pre-evacuation notices are in effect for Cripple Creek Ranches. Click here for an interactive map of the evacuations and closures.

Burn ban and Ute Pass fire

In nearby Colorado Springs, officials enacted a sweeping burn ban order in response to the recent fires there that killed one woman and destroyed eight trailers at a mobile home park. That means no smoking or outdoor cooking at city parks, among other restrictions.

All pre-evacuation notices near the Ute Pass fire outside Durango, meanwhile, were lifted Monday morning, as fire crews reached 80% containment.

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