Colorado wildfire burns over 1,200 acres, homes evacuated

Colorado firefighters battle thick smoke during massive wildfire

wind blow Colorado wildfires over 1,286 acres across the terrain, forcing at least 100 homes to vacate their homes and notify others.

As of Saturday afternoon, the fire is approximately 25% contained, Teller County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) subscriber. The fire alarm and red flag warning remained in effect until Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m

A firefighting helicopter drops fire retardant over Fire 403, which is 25 percent containment.

A firefighting helicopter drops fire retardant over Fire 403, which is 25 percent containment. (Southern Park County Fire & EMS)

Firefighters worked tirelessly to contain the fire, despite winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.

Firefighters worked tirelessly to contain the fire, despite winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. (Lake George Fire Chief Susan Bernstetter)

The shooting, which was dubbed “Fire 403,” was classified as “man-made.” Tyler County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) said at a news conference Friday, March 31.

During the Friday morning news conference, the sheriff’s office said the fire broke out on private land along Park County Route 403, southwest of the Florissant Family Fossil Family National Monument in Florissant, near Colorado Springs.

Officials called for evacuations within a mile of the fire’s source about 30 minutes after the fire was reported by a resident at 10:52 a.m. Thursday, authorities announced at the Park County Sheriff’s office in Share on Twitter.

The area where the fire is located in Colorado.  Authorities say the current area is 1,286 acres, and the fire is 25% contained.

The area where the fire is located in Colorado. Authorities say the current area is 1,286 acres, and the fire is 25% contained. (403 official fire page)

Large plume of smoke from the 403 fire in Colorado.

Large plume of smoke from the 403 fire in Colorado. (Lake George Fire Chief Susan Bernstetter)

Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain the major blaze in Colorado.

Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain the major blaze in Colorado. (Lake George Fire Chief Susan Bernstetter)

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On Friday, winds in the area reached 30 mph with gusts reaching about 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service. cold weather, with temperatures above the 30s, Firefighters assisted in their efforts.

Since the fire broke out, firefighters have worked through the night trying to contain the flames blazing through the dry grass and spreading through the trees on Thursday and Friday, but high winds complicated fire-suppression efforts.

Firefighting teams are battling to control the blaze that broke out on Thursday, March 28.

Firefighting teams are battling to control the blaze that broke out on Thursday, March 28. (NE Teller County Fire Protection District)

Multiple fire agencies are working on fire, including the Lake George Fire Protection District, Hartsel Fire Protection District, Florissant Fire Protection District, Cripple Creek Fire Department, and Divide Fire Protection District. A helicopter was used as part of the firefighting effort.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued Air quality alertwarning about smoke from the fire and advising residents of Park and Teller counties to stay indoors if the smoke becomes thick.

High winds passing through the area are expected to range from 20 to 35 mph throughout the day.  Gusts can reach 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

High winds passing through the area are expected to range from 20 to 35 mph throughout the day. Gusts can reach 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service. (NE Teller County Fire Protection District)

Teller County Animal Control provided an evacuation service for residents to turn in their animals – including their livestock. PBJ Cattle, a local meat wholesaler, provided a safe A place for petsand livestock and other animals to stay while the fire is burning.

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“We are thrilled to provide a safe place for the evacuees’ loved ones,” PBJ Cattle wrote in a Facebook post.

Teller County Animal Control has provided an evacuation service for residents to drop off their animals.

Teller County Animal Control has provided an evacuation service for residents to drop off their animals. Teller County Animal Control

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The authorities did not announce the number of dead or injured or the buildings destroyed by the fire.

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