Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado prompts evacuations

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Residents of 1,000 homes ordered to evacuate

Elephant Butte Fire map
Map showing the location of the Elephant Butte Fire about two miles northwest of Evergreen, Colorado.

The Elephant Butte Fire, reported Monday afternoon west of Evergreen, Colorado has prompted the evacuation of about 1,000 homes, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. The evacuation orders are expected to remain in effect through Monday night.

The fire is burning on steep terrain two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake. It is being suppressed by firefighters from several departments, three large air tankers, three helicopters, single engine air tankers, and the Tatanka and Pike Hotshot crews. Firefighters had to withdraw from the fire around 7 p.m. due to lighting, but planned to reengage.

At about 8 p.m. MDT the state’s multi-mission aircraft mapped the Elephant Butte Fire at 48 acres.

At 6:30 p.m. there were no reports of injuries or burned structures.

Elephant Butte Fire July 13, 2020
Elephant Butte Fire July 13, 2020. JEFFCO Sheriff photo.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado prompts evacuations”

  1. Never enough tankers, never enough water. Never enough pay and provision for our devoted firefighters. Never enough. We always end up with destruction, loss and regret. We think each new fire season will be different and it never is. We never learn.

  2. The fire season is in full swing! Go home alive firefighters! Home owners!!! We all are in for a Smokey summer!…..iceman??


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