High Park Fire Update for May 13, 2022

Current Situation: The High Park Fire continues to burn 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek. The fire has grown to 846 acres, most of the growth as a result of burnout operations that took place overnight, which assist with gaining containment by removing fuels between the fire and control features. The fire ignited on private property yesterday and was quickly pushed by strong winds onto Bureau of Land Management lands.

The fire is being managed under unified command between the Teller County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office. Approximately 150 air and ground resources are assigned to the fire, including Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi Mission Aircraft, one Type 1 and one Type 2 helicopters, two large air tankers, an air attack platform, fire engines, fire suppression modules, and dozers. Resources from Platte Canyon, Divide, Cripple Creek, Tallahassee, Florissant, Fourmile, and Mountain Communities fire protection districts; Victor, Northeast Teller, and Lake George fire departments; Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, U.S. Forest service, and BLM are assigned to firefighting operations, with assistance from Southwest Teller Ambulance Service, Woodland Park and Cripple Creek police departments, Park County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders and notices for several residential areas near the fire, and Teller County is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit the Teller County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for up-to-date information on restrictions, evacuations, and closures. Sign up for emergency alerts from Teller County Sheriff’s Office at www.peakalerts.org.

A red flag warning is in effect for the fire area through 8 p.m. tonight, with continued fire weather conditions tomorrow. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on BLM public lands across the Royal Gorge Field Office. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xuFcR.

High Park Fire Information:

Reported:  May 12, 2022, 4:16 p.m.

Location:  5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek

Size:  Approximately 846 acres

Percent Contained:  0%      

Cause:  Unknown

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8102/

Information Phone Line: 719-315-4005

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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Maribeth Pecotte