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Evacuations underway after High Park Fire sparks west of Cripple Creek

Fire has burned 386 acres as of 9:30 p.m.
Fire burning on other side of pikes peak bear trap
Posted at 5:08 PM, May 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-13 18:09:50-04

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Evacuations are underway as a fire burns roughly four miles west of Cripple Creek in Teller County.

Lt. Renee Bunting, Teller County Sheriff's Office public information officer, described the evacuation area in a tweet.

This includes the entire Lakemoor subdivision, Bunting said, as well as County Road 11 and County Road 1. Roughly 120 people have been evacuated out of the subdivision, according to the Teller County Sheriff's Office.

High Park Fire May 13 2022

The Cripple Creek Ranches subdivision was under pre-evacuation orders as of 5:30 p.m.

A shelter has been set up at Cripple Creek Schools.

The fire, which has been named the High Park Fire, has burned 400 acres and is 0% contained as of 11:30 p.m., according to the Teller County Sheriff's Office.

No structures have been damaged. The sheriff's office said it will provide an update on firefighting efforts at 9 a.m. Friday.

The Board of County Commissioners declared a local disaster for the fire around 4 p.m.

This is a developing story and will be updated.