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.
Direct aerial attack on the #ElephantButteFire #EvergreenColorado ⚠️Please avoid the area and change your plans if you were coming to visit Evergreen area #jeffcotrails #Alderfer3Sisters #ElkMeadowPark #EvergreenLake #DenverMountainParks ‼️ pic.twitter.com/d15ghi4tFx
— Jason (@jcosrangerjason) July 13, 2020
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