Jun 12, 2013 12:40 PM by Patricia Collier
CAÑON CITY, Colorado - The Royal Gorge Fire was reported at 1 p.m. Tuesday, south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Arkansas River. It is estimated at 3800 acres. The fire started on the south side of river and spotted to the north side. The fire is actively burning on BLM, state and private lands.
Mandatory Evacuations are in effect from Parkdale to the Canon City Water treatment plant, north of the Royal Gorge. U.S. Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Canon City Water treatment plant (1st Street) to Highway 9. Temple Canyon road has also been closed.
The Arkansas River has been closed from Spike Buck through Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been evacuated.
Resources on scene include: 150 firefighters and Law Enforcement officers from both federal and local departments.
Resources ordered include: 2-Single Engine Airtankers, 1 Heavy Air Tanker, 1-Type 3 Incident Management Team and a Type 2 Management team. The Pueblo Zone type 3 team will take over the management of the fire tonight and the fire will then be transitioned to a Type 2 Management team sometime today.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Updates will be provided when more information is available.