Weston Pass Fire grows 3,000 acres overnight, zero percent contained

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 13:38:18-04

The Weston Pass Fire burning 9 miles southwest of Fairplay has grown 3,000 acres and remains at zero percent containment Tuesday. 

Current acreage is estimated at 9,342 acres, with isolated thunderstorms expected in the afternoon Tuesday. Winds near the thunderstorms are expected to be strong and erratic, with possible gusts up to 45 mph.

Approximately 412 fire personnel are currently working the blaze. According to an update, a successful firing operation was conducted along Forest Service roads 156 and 168.  

The main focus is now protecting the Campground of the Rockies Association (CORA), as it was put under mandatory evacuation Sunday.

Tuesday’s plan will continue to include firing operations to establish a line along Forest Service Road 168, in hopes to slow or halt fire advancement. 

U.S. Highway 285 between Fairplay and Antero and Weston Pass Road (County Road 22) will remain closed. 

There is no word on any structures lost. For information on evacuations and road closures, click here.  


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