The Snyder Creek wildfire near Kenosha Pass in Park County that broke out mid-day on Sunday has grown larger, burning 150 acres of Pike National Forest, according to The Denver Post. The fire has forced evacuations of the area to all campers or outdoors enthusiasts enjoying the weekend's warm weather.
The wildfire that started mid-day Sunday in the Kenosha Pass area of Pike National Forest is now 40 percent contained, but still burns on 200 acres, according to fire officials.
9News reports that the fire fighter air support was grounded on Monday due to high winds in the region which occasionally reached 40 mph, causing some setbacks.
Still, the the U.S. Forest Service is asking hikers and mountain bikers to stay off the Colorado Trail, which runs near the fire, due to burned trees toppling in the strong winds.
Strong winds up to 18 MPH are expected in the region today, but the efforts of authorities fighting the fire may be aided by rain and a cold front that could possibly move in later in the afternoon.
The blaze which started in the late morning on Sunday amidst high winds and warm temperatures that reached the 80s in surround areas is about 80 miles southwest of Denver. Although no residences in the area have been evacuated yet, 9News reports reports that the Twin Combs Subdivision is on standby to evacuate.
On the backside of that first ridge, closest to Kenosha, we do have some - we call it a group home area - which are properties in the forest service," Park County Sherriff Fred Wegener said. "Some of those we're kind of working, making sure the fire doesn't get too close to those. Right now the fire is probably a quarter to a half a mile away from them at this time.
The Denver Post reports that although none of the seven structures in the area are currently at risk, authorities did close down Country Road 56 due to the close proximity of the wildfire, burning just a few miles from the road. The Forest Service, Jefferson Como Fire, North West Fire, Platte Canyon Fire and the Park County Sheriff's office are all actively involved fighting the fire.
CBS Denver reports that local fire officials have asked for a SEAT plane to help fight the fire. The plane is being dispatched from Canon City. A Type 3 Team has been ordered and 2 Hotshot crews (San Juan & Loan Peak) are also on site.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but according to multiple reports, authorities suspect it was human in origin.
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