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Evacuations lifted for High Park Fire near Cripple Creek

No structures have been lost in the fire, which was first reported Thursday and has burned 1,572 acres.

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Evacuations were lifted at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the High Park Fire near Cripple Creek, which has burned 1,572 acres.

Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell said no structures have been lost in the fire, which was first reported around 4 p.m. Thursday and had 69% containment.

Only residents could return home after the lifting of evacuation, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said. They must present a valid ID or other proof of residency to enter the area.

Evacuation orders were issued Thursday for the Lakemoor subdivision and the area between County Road 11 and County Road 1. TCSO said a total of 120 people in 40 homes were evacuated from the Lakemoor subdivision.

Evacuation orders were extended to Cripple Creek Ranches and the Mount Pisgah area Friday.

Pre-evacuation orders were in effect for Rhyolite Mountain Mesa, Monarch and Lost Canyon, and multiple road closures were in place, according to the sheriff's office. 

A Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team took over command of the fire on Sunday.

An evacuation shelter was open at Woodland Park Community Church at 800 Valley View Drive in Woodland Park. Livestock can be taken to Cripple Creek Fairgrounds.

TCSO said if community members would like to make a donation, first responders could use water, Gatorade, cough drops and eye drops. Those items may be taken to the Teller County Sheriff's Office at 11400 US Highway 24 in Divide.

Thursday morning, the Teller County Board of Commissioners declared Stage II fire restrictions for unincorporated areas of the county because of dry conditions. Stage II restrictions ban open burning and many other activities that can start a fire, including outdoor welding and the use of fireworks.

This is a developing situation. This article will be updated as additional information is confirmed.

Map below shows evacuation areas. If you can't see the map, go to this link.

Posted by Teller County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 13, 2022
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High Park Fire burns in Teller County, Colo.
Credit: Teller County Sheriff's Office
High Park Fire in Teller County, Colo.

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