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Colorado wildfires: Wildfires burning Colorado, prompting evacuations, destroying properties

10:35 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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Below are the largest fires in the state that are causing either evacuations or threatening homes.

CHIMNEY ROCK FIRE

A downed power line sparked a one-acre blaze in southwestern Colorado Monday, threatening homes and prompting evacuations. The Forest Service says the fire is burning on the north side of Cabezon Canyon. The fire was running up the canyon towards the residences Monday afternoon. Pre-evacuation orders were given to residents, but firefighters were able to fully supress the fire. The firefighters are in the mop-up stages now. Find out more details here.

CR 102 FIRE

The containment of the CR 102 Fire in Elbert County was changed around midnight on Monday from 100 percent contained to 75 percent contained. By Monday afternoon, the fire reached 90 percent containment. The fire has burned 300 acres and caused 100 people to be evacuated. The pre-evacuation order for the town of Elbert was lifted on Monday. The CR 102 Fire broke out Sunday afternoon. Find out more details here.

FLAGSTAFF FIRE

A fire burning in Boulder County Tuesday afternoon has prompted evacuation notices. Boulder County officials say the fire is 300-acres and burning on the west side of the Flatirons. The Rocky Mountain Fire Department is using a heavy tanker and ground crews on the Flagstaff Fire. Residents living south of Dartmouth Avenue, west to Table Mesa and east to Broadway are under a pre-evacuation notice. A resident in the area says lightning was seen before the fire started. Smoke can be seen from the City of Boulder and surrounding areas. Find out more details here.

HIGH PARK FIRE

The High Park Fire is now 87,250 acres with only 55 percent containment. The fire started on June 9 around 6 a.m. and is burning approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins. More than 1,900 personnel are fighting the blaze. On June 11, authorities confirmed 62-year-old Linda Steadman died from the blaze. Search crews found Steadman's remains at her house on Old Flowers Road. Authorities say Steadman received two notification calls. A deputy was on his way to personally warn her, but he was pushed back by flames. Larimer County officials confirm at least 248 homes are destroyed from the High Park Fire. The cause of this fire is lightning. Find out more details here.

LAST CHANCE FIRE

A fire burning near the town of Last Chance prompted evacuations and closed a portion of Highway 71. The 44,000-acre fire is 95 percent contained as of Monday night. It forced residents near the town of Last Chance and Woodrow to evacuate. Two homes and three outbuildings have been destroyed. Find out more details here.

LITTLE SAND FIRE

The Little Sand Fire is now 22,010 acres with only 29 percent containment. The fire started on May 13 around 4 p.m. and is burning approximately 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. More than 200 personnel are fighting the blaze. No structures have burned or threatening in this blaze. The cause of this fire is lightning. Find out more details here.

STATELINE FIRE

The Stateline Fire grew to 350 acres and is at 50 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 and is burning near the Colorado-New Mexico line along U.S. Highway 550. About 140 personnel are fighting the blaze. One home was destroyed by the fire, but no other homes are threatened. It is burning in a very remote area. The fire is considered to be human caused, but there are no suspects at this time. An information line is now available at 970-799-1179.

TREASURE FIRE

The Treasure Fire is burning 320 acres with only 10 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 at 11:10 a.m. and is burning five miles northeast of Leadville. No structures have burned in this blaze. The cause of this fire is human-caused, but it is still under investigation. Find out more details here.

WALDO CANYON FIRE

The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 5,165 acres with 5 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 around noon and is burning in Pike National Forest in El Paso County. About 600 personnel are fighting the blaze. The cause of this fire is under investigation. Massive amounts of evacuations were issued for Tuesday afternoon. Find out more details here.

WEBER FIRE

The Weber Fire is burning more than 8,930 acres. The fire is 15 percent contained. It started on June 22. The fire is burning in Montezuma County just six miles south of Mancos and just south of Highway 160. More than 100 homes were evacuated. No homes have been damaged in this fire. Nearly 400 personnel are fighting this fire. Officials say someone started the fire, but no further details are available at this time. Find out more details here.

INACTIVE FIRES

  • Button Rock Fire
  • Hewlett Gulch Fire
  • Lower North Fork Fire
  • Springer Fire
  • Sunrise Mine Fire
  • Woodland Heights Fire

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