According to the paper, the fire has been dubbed the Deep Creek Fire, and grew from 2 acres to 419 acres near Wolf Mountain Ranch after it was discovered around noon Monday.
Another fire, the Big Red Fire, has been burning in the area over the past month.
“We drove on some of the backcountry roads and saw this huge fire. You can see it all the way down the valley and then you could smell the smoke, then saw ashes falling from the sky,” Lukens said. “It’s definitely a big one.”
Lukens said people weren’t waiting to evacuate.
“I have been talking to some people and they said they’re loading up their cars and they’re heading out,” she told Denver7. “It might be a pre-evacuation, but they’re not going to wait. They’re just going to head out of town right now.”