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.
EVACUATION ORDER for for Fire at County Road 11 south of Bear Trap and Lakemoor due to a wildland fire. Everyone in this area is ordered to evacuate immediately. For more info, monitor local media. All of Lakemoor Subdivision and area between County RD 11 and County Rd 1.— Lieutenant Bunting, PIO (@TCSOPIO) May 12, 2022
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.
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.