More evacuations ordered as wildfires continue to blaze in Colorado

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 12:41:31-04

BASALT, Colo. – Officials ordered more evacuations late Wednesday as the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt continued to grow and threaten homes.

The fire, which started at the Basalt gun range, was estimated at about 2,700 acres as of Wednesday night.

MAP: Here are the major wildfires currently burning in Colorado

Firefighters also still have their hands full with the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, which has grown so large it is now the third-biggest wildfire the state has ever seen.

Here’s the latest on some of the major fires currently burning:

Spring Fire

Location: 5 miles E of Ft. Garland
Size: 95,739
Containment: 5 percent

The Spring Fire east of Fort Garland has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes since last Wednesday. Officials said 132 homes have been destroyed so far during a community meeting in La Veta. Nearly 1,000 personnel are currently working on the blaze.

Highway 160 remains closed due to fire activity. Highway 12 is also closed in the Cuchara Valley area due to mandatory evacuations.

For a current list of evacuations in Huerfano County please visit the Huerfano County Facebook page. For evacuations in Costilla County visit the San Luis Valley Emergency page at for a current evacuation map.

Anyone with further questions about the Spring Fire can call a hotline set up at 719-480-8719.

Lake Christine Fire

Location: Near Basalt
Size: 2,700 acres
Containment: 0 percent

The Lake Christine Fire started on Tuesday near Basalt and has quickly grown in size, prompting officials to order mandatory evacuations for some residents near the fire. The most recent orders went out to residents in the Missouri Heights area and all homes to the east of Upper Cattle Creek Road. The latest evacuation information is posted on the Eagle County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

The evacuation center, initially set up at Basalt High School, has moved to Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

Late Wednesday, the White River National Forest issued an emergency closure order for all National Forest Lands north of Basalt State Wildfire Area between the National Forest Boundary and Bowers Gulch to the west, and southwest of Red Table Mountain and Frenchman Creek to the east.

The closure area includes Basalt Mountain, the Cattle Creek area (including all of the single-track trails within the Cattle Creek Area), Sawmill Gulch area, the Seven Castles area including Otto Creek and Downey Creek, and all hiking, biking and motorcycle trails between Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass.

The fire is burning west of the Basalt gun range in Eagle County. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office tweeted that there were multiple crews on scene with air support.

Officials said the fire was caused by two people shooting tracer rounds, which were prohibited under fire restrictions in place at the time, at the Basalt shooting range. Both people have been charged with fourth-degree arson. 

High Chateau Fire

Location: NW of Cripple Creek
Size: 1,400 acres
Containment: 75 percent

Weston Pass Fire

Location: 9 miles SW of Fairplay
Size: 10,727 acres
Containment: 5 percent

Sugarloaf Fire

Location: 13 miles SW of Fraser
Size: 1,241 acres
Containment: No info

This fire started June 28 from a lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness. It is part of the "big kill" area that devastated pine forests a couple decades ago. The dead trees still standing present dangerous conditions. The fire is not immediately threatening homes or businesses. 

416 Fire

Location: 13 miles N of Durango
Size: 54,128 acres
Containment: 45 percent

Burro Fire

Location: 14 miles S of Rico
Size: 4,545 acres
Containment: 40 percent

Note: This map and the data contained within are maintained by The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and some information may be delayed. Check with your local fire district for the most updated information.