Buffalo Mountain Fire causes evacuations near Silverthorne, Colo.

Above: The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at the Buffalo Mountain Fire near Silverthorne, Colorado at 1:39 p.m. MDT June 12, 2018

(Originally published at 4:03 p.m. MDT June 12, 2018)

The Buffalo Mountain Fire started today, June 12, on the west side of Silverthorne, Colorado north of Frisco near Buffalo Mountain. At about 6:30 p.m. the Forest Service announced that it had burned about 90 acres.

The name was changed from “Buffalo Fire” to “Buffalo Mountain Fire” Tuesday afternoon.

Approximately 1,400 homes are under evacuation orders, which are likely to remain in effect through Tuesday night at least.

The local District Ranger said at a community meeting that the fuel reduction projects they had been working on for years are paying off, helping to protect structures.