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Willis Creek Fire remains at 16 acres, 75% contained

Willis Creek Fire burning in National Forest near Lake Isabel
Posted at 11:46 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 20:12:42-04

PUEBLO COUNTY — Multiple resources responded Monday to a wildfire in Pueblo County, northwest of Colorado City.

The Willis Creek Fire grew to 16 acres but was held there.

Reports Tuesday had the fire at around 30 acres but that number was changed after firefighters were able to map the perimeter on the ground.

The fire remained at 16 acres Wednesday night but containment was increased to 75 percent.

All pre-evacuation orders have been lifted.

Forest Service engines and squad, one Type 3 Helicopter, one Type 1 helicopter, three Large Air Tankers, and three Type 2 crews responded to the blaze Tuesday.

The fire area is 13 miles northwest of Colorado City, south of Highway 78. The densely wooded area is near the San Isabel Scout Ranch to the east and a few isolated homes to the west.

Pre-evacuation notices were in place Tuesday for the following:

  • Highway 165 from Highway 78 (12-Mile Road) to San Isabel
  • Highway 78 from San Carlos Trailhead to Highway 165

Drivers are asked to stay off of 12-Mile Road and Highway 165 to allow fire crews to access the area "without worrying about traffic."

Updates from the Pikes Peak San Isabel National Forest fire information can be found here.