13-Acre Fire Causes Evacuations East of Estes – Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Around 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, a small wildfire broke out just east of Estes Park. As many locals know, there is no small fire and the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) immediately responded to the flames at the Soul Shine Road gate off US34.
At this time, Soul Shine Road was closed to the public while crews fought the fire. The fire was described as a “first alert” fire.
“This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) with an emergency message,” reads an emergency alert sent to residents who have signed up to receive them. “We are working on a wildfire on Soul Shine Road south of US34 just east of Estes Park. Firefighters have issued mandatory evacuations for residents of Soul Shine Road. All residents at the north end of Soul Shine Road must evacuate immediately. Door-to-door notifications were made by law enforcement.
It was upgraded to a two-alarm fire shortly after it started and the original size was reported by the EVFPD to be five acres.
At approximately 5 p.m. a single engine air tanker (SEAT) was called and the fire was approximately 13 acres.
By 6 p.m., fire command had been transferred from the EVFPD to the LCSO and the United States Forrest Service (USFS) as a unified command. At that time, the USFS announced that the fire had spread to 23 acres with two small spot fires.
“The fire is creeping and smoldering, burning on the private Roosevelt National Forest,” the USFS said.
At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, the USFS said there had been no overnight growth and better mapping had reduced the size of the fire to 13 acres.
“Incident Command will focus on building a line around the remainder of the fire before rainfall intensifies this afternoon,” the LCSO said. “This is a multi-agency effort. Support resources include: LCSO, Larimer County Emergency Management Office, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, EVFPD, Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department and the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. »
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This article will be updated as new information becomes available.