PARK COUNTY — Crews have made good progress on a wildfire that started Sunday afternoon in Park County and originally prompted evacuations, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Thorpe Fire, first reported sometime after 1 p.m. Sunday, is burning in the South Park Ranger District, off Forest Service Road 230 and Park County Road 31. It's west of Lake George and about two miles southwest of Tarryall.
The Forest Service said at 8 p.m. Tuesday that the fire is estimated at 159 acres and is 75% contained. Evacuations have been lifted and residents will be allowed to return to their homes at 7 p.m., but remain in pre-evacuation status.
As of Tuesday night, there were 48 resources assigned to the fire. There will be a Type 4 team assigned to the fire Wednesday morning.
Multiple fire resources responded to the fire initially, bringing a dozer, helicopter, three Large Air Tankers, and one Very Large Air Tanker in to assist ground crews.
Officials said campers along Forest Service Road 227 and 231 as well as County Road 31 and 44 were evacuated along with the Webber Park Subdivision.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
This story will be updated once additional information is available.