Record heat, high winds and low relative humidity that set in on Monday have fueled multiple wildfires burning in Colorado as of Tuesday afternoon.
ROYAL GORGE FIRE:
What is being called a "major" fire, the Royal Gorge Fire near Canon City is currently burning on more than 3,800 acres as of Tuesday night and has forced the evacuation of nearly 1,400 visitors and 200 staff. Much of the Royal Gorge Bridge Park has been evacuated as has the bridge. The Gazette's Daniel Chacon tweeted that the fire which started on the south side of the Arkansas River, jumped to the north side. Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew, a 20 person wildland hotshot crew, were dispatched on Tuesday to fight the blaze. It remains zero percent contained.
BIG MEADOWS FIRE:
A lightening-sparked fire in the Rocky Mountain National Park grew dramatically on Tuesday, from about 3 acres Tuesday afternoon to approximately 400 acres as of Tuesday night. High winds on Tuesday afternoon added fuel to the fire. According to The Denver Post, there are currently five trails temporarily closed: Onahu Trail, Green Mountain Trail, lower Tonahutu Trail, Tonahutu Spur Trail and the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail.
BLACK FOREST FIRE:
The Gazette reports that homes in the Falcon Forest subdivision and Black Forest Regional Park are being evacuated because of the growing Black Forest Fire. El Paso County Sheriff says that the fire is approximately 15 acres as of Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters are working to protect less than a dozen homes between Milam Road and Saxton Hollow Road, KDVR reports. 1,259 people have been evacuated from their homes as of Tuesday afternoon. As many as eight homes are burning and the Gazette reports that firefighters are saving what they can, but they're having to let some homes burn.
A grass fire that closed C-470 near the University Ave. exit has been extinguished by firefighters.
AURORA FENCE FIRE:
At least 10 families have been displaced by a fence fire that was first reported just east of Buckley Road on East Mexico Avenue in Aurora that quickly grew into a three-alarm fire because of winds. Five buildings have been damaged so far in the blaze.
PIKE NATIONAL FOREST FIRE:
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a pre-evacuation notice for residents in the area of Bergen Rock. The fire is 1-2 acres and 75 percent contained. The area includes the area north of Bergen Rock area to Highway 67, East to Highway 105, Devilshead North to Highway 67, then Rampart East to Highway 105. The sheriff's office is also reminding residents that if they are in danger, they should not wait for an evacuation order and must evacuate immediately.
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