Weston Pass Fire grows to more than 13,000 acres, 32 percent containment

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 12:31:40-04

The Weston Pass Fire has seen minimal growth in the last two days.

Saturday morning reports have the blaze at 13,019 acres, with 32 percent containment.

At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the Park County Sheriff’s Office re-opened U.S. Highway 285 in both directions  between Fairplay and Antero Junction, (mp 188 to 163).

CORA and Black Mountain remain under mandatory evacuations.

County Road 22 is closed, as is the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.

Storms in the area were expected to help with the blaze Thursday, but a tornado touched down near the fire and caused crews to leave the fire line for safety reasons.

Approximately 591 fire personnel are currently working the blaze. Current resources include three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 24 engines, two dozers and nine aircraft. 

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


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