Mandatory evacuations underway in Park County for Weston Pass Fire

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 18:17:58-04

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for homes between the fire and County Road 22, which has now been closed Friday afternoon.

The fire has now burned an estimated 250 acres and it is 10 percent contained.

The latest update from the Forest Service said fire activity is high in the area because of low relative humidity and high wind gusts.

The wildfire started Thursday afternoon west of US Hwy 285, south of County Rd 22, near Buffalo Peaks Road at US Forest Rd 158 and 431. That’s in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.

Early on, the fire was named the Jones Hill Fire, but that has since been changed to the Weston Pass Fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.