Fire burning south of Simla 96% contained; evacuation orders lifted

Simla fire 3-30-23
Simla fire 3-30-23
Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-31 01:47:55-04

SIMLA, Colo. — A fire that temporarily forced the entire town of Simla to evacuate is 96% contained, according to the Elizabeth Fire Protection District.

The evacuation order came just before 5 p.m. from the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management.

Simla is located 48.7 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. It had a population of 598 in 2021, according to the United States Census Bureau.

In the initial tweet, the OEM said the fire, which has been named the 125 Fire, is roughly 500 to 700 acres.

Around 6:10 p.m., the Elizabeth Fire Protection District announced that the evacuation order was lifted.

Just after 8 p.m., the fire district said the fire was 96% contained. Crews are still on-scene putting out hotspots.

Firefights were able to protect a house thanks to their hard work.

Simla fire 3-30-23

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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