Mandatory Evacuations Ordered For Homes Near Wildfire Burning In Teller County

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.

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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.

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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.