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Gageby Creek Fire burning in southeast Colorado; Fort Lyon evacuation lifted

Bent County Fire
Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-20 21:02:50-04

BENT COUNTY, CO — The evacuation order for Fort Lyon has been lifted as firefighters continue to battle the Gageby Creek Fire in southeast Colorado, according to the Bent County Sheriff's Office (BCSO).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has advised everyone to continue avoiding the area of John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area due to the fire.

The sheriff's office announced the evacuation of Fort Lyon in a 9:15 p.m. update. The evacuation was then lifted at 11 p.m.

The current acreage estimate if between 4,000 and 4,500 acres burning east of Fort Lyon.

On Wednesday, high winds were making it difficult to gain control.

Management of the fire was turned over to the state.

The sheriff's office also announced a second fire that sparked north of the Bent/Kiowa county line near County Road 14. One structure was evacuated due to the fire, according to BCSO.

At 10:30 p.m., BCSO said the second fire was 100% contained.

Gageby Creek Fire Map

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