Colorado Fire Spreads to 1,000 Acres Friday

By: WTOK Sister Station KKTV
By: WTOK Sister Station KKTV

Spanning more than 1,000 acres Friday morning, the fire in Park County, Colorado continues to rage.

The "Nash Ranch" has forced the evacuation of 125 homes in the Bear Trap Subdivision near Florissant and Guffey have been evacuated.

Another area, the Navaho Mt. Mesa subdivision has been put on alert that they may have to evacuate. However, the Park County Sheriff's Office reports there are some residents who insist on remaining in their homes.

Park County officials say the fire is spreading at a rate of 1/2 mile per hour in a south/southeast direction. The fire is confined to Park County but threatens to spread into Teller and Fremont County.

A shelter has been set up at Guffey School but officials say none of the residents evacuated needed to take advantage of the shelter overnight Thursday.

There is a staging area for animals rescued from the evacuated area at the 4-Mile Church in Teller County. They will be shifted to Teller County Fairgrounds in Cripple Creek. Those who are concerned about their animals should call (719) 689-0393.

The U.S. Forest Service says four engines, three air tankers are are fighting the fire. Also, two fire units from North West Fire Protection district in Fairplay and three Tech Units who specialize in fighting wildfires joined the battle Friday morning.

Park County officials say winds are currently blowing at 15 mph and gusting at 40 mph, which may not be good for firefighters.

Officials say the fire is only 5 percent contained.

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