High Park Fire burning on BLM and Teller County lands west of Cripple Creek

Current Situation: The High Park Fire was reported at 4:16 p.m. this afternoon, May 12. The fire is burning on Teller County and Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands, approximately 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek. At 6 p.m. this evening, the fire was mapped at386 acres by the State of Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft. The fire remains on Bureau of Land Management lands and no structures are threatened at this time.

Multiple agencies are on scene with both air and ground resources. Engines from the Bureau of Land Management, Teller County, local fire protection districts, and the U.S. Forest Service  are assigned to the fire. Two helicopters are providing support to ground resources. The Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control provided air support with multiple drops from a large air tanker. 

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders and notices for several residential areas near the fire. Please visit the Teller County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for up-to-date information on evacuations and closures. 

The fire is being managed under unified command between the Teller County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office. 

 More information will be provided as it becomes available.


High Park Fire Information:

Reported:  May 12, 2022, 4:16 p.m.

Location:  5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek

Size:  Approximately 386 acres

Percent Contained:  0%

Cause:  Unknown

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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