TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Dozens of homes and more than 120 people have been evacuated out of the Lakemoor subdivision because of a wildfire burning in Teller County. The so-called High Park Fire had burned 386 acres as of 7 p.m. Thursday.
Forty homes and 120 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders due to the fire. Cripple Creek Ranches was placed on pre-evacuation notice.
An evacuation shelter was set up at Cripple Creek Schools.
Teller County Commissioners declared a local disaster on Thursday night. That disaster declaration means the fire qualifies as a state responsibility and the Colorado Department of Public Safety will assume the role at midnight and provide additional resources, such as a large air tanker and other aviation assets.