The High Park fire burning about five miles west of Cripple Creek has scorched about 1,572 acres, or about 2.5 square miles, according to fire officials.
The fire is about 37% contained, mostly on the north and west sides of the blaze, according to fire command. Helicopters fought the fire on Monday, making water drops and supporting ground crews who were building containment lines.
A small amount of rain fell in the fire area on Monday, however, fuels in the area remain “critically dry.” A ground on the Tuesday worked in the Mount Pisgah are to remove hazardous fuels. Crews also worked in the evacuation area removing fuels. A weak cold front is expected to pass through the area overnight, according to fire officials. The fire started on Thursday and about 279 personnel continue to work on the fire.
Ute Pass fire
The Ute Pass fire in Durango started accidentally when a heavy-duty lawn mower hit a rock, causing a spark, according to the Durango Fire Protection District.
Investigators have determined that the fire started on private property on 57 Ute Pass Trail, according to the Durango Fire Protection District. The property owner was cooperative in the investigation.
The fire started on Friday and pre-evacuation notices were lifted on Monday. The fire, which burned more than 30 acres, was 80% contained on Monday. Firefighters are hoping to have the fire declared 100% contained by late in the day Thursday.
Manitou Springs grass fire
Firefighters in Manitou Springs doused a fire on Monday of U.S. Highway 24. The fire, near the Cave of the Winds, started at about 6:30 p.m. and firefighters said that it was under control later Monday night.
Manitou Springs Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Crystal Park Fire Protection District and Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to this fire. Firefighters monitored the burn area overnight. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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