Teller County, CO

Officials urge more to join county emergency alert system

COLORADO SPRINGS- After several fires around El Paso and Teller counties the past few weeks, emergency management leaders are stressing the importance of local alerts and signing up for them. El Paso county commissioners, the Pikes Peak Office of emergency management director and members from the El Paso-Teller County 911...
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Several power outages reported in Southern Colorado Saturday morning

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Crews are working hard to restore power to residents all across Southern Colorado Saturday morning. Colorado Springs Utilities says a power outage near north Academy Boulevard and east Platte Avenue has been fixed. The outage reportedly happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and was restored around 5:30 a.m.
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High Park Fire Update from Teller County Commissioner Chairman Dan Williams

As of this evening, May 18, 2022, we are nearly complete with containment and have placed all residents back into their homes. We have released aviation assets to help with the fire in Pagosa Springs and will keep a type 4 state team here with our assets to wind down the fire for the next few weeks. Teller County suffered no loss of structures, loss of life or serious injury including our first responders and the hundreds that came to help from other counties, the state, and the federal government.

Photos: Colorado’s High Park Fire Grows To Nearly 1,600 Acres

A wildfire in south-central Colorado has grown to nearly 1,600 acres, but containment is increasing. The High Park Fire, which started Thursday, May 12, continues to burn in Teller County, about 5 1/2 miles west of Cripple Creek. The Teller County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders and notices for several residential areas near the fire. The fire is approximately 25 miles north of the Canon City wild horse holding facility, but officials say the horses are not being threatened.

Firefighters Gaining Containment At High Park Fire

By Danielle Chavira TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters contained more of the High Park Fire burning in Teller County. Since the fire started on May 12, it’s burned 1,572 acres. It is now 89% contained. The High Park Fire as seen during a flyover Friday. (credit: Inciweb) Road closures and evacuations have since been lifted. On Friday, fire officials say they expect 3-6 inches of snow over the course of 24 hours. They say a section of the fire which is not contained is in steep, rock terrain east of Booger Red Hill and Fourmile Creek. Fire crews at the High Park Fire on May 14. (credit: Inciweb) “Yesterday there was a flare up on the interior of the fire and crews were quickly able to reduce the smoke. This is an important reminder that even when 100% perimeter containment is achieved, the interior of the fire will continue to smolder throughout the summer due to large stumps and heavy fuels,” a fire incident commander stated on social media. The public is asked to stay out of the burned areas due to potential for falling trees, ash pits and hot soil. RELATED: Wildfire In Teller County Grows To Over 1,500 Acres

Fire crews keep fighting as High Park Fire containment grows

UPDATE (May 19, 2022) — Evacuees in Teller County were able to return home for the first time in six days after the High Park Fire started to burn in their area. Evacuation and pre-evacuation orders were lifted on Wednesday. Firefighters, however, remain at work. The High Park Fire is now 87% contained and has […]

Firefighters significantly increase High Park fire containment

Firefighters gained significant ground against the High Park fire Tuesday as weather conditions, fresh staff and equipment helped contain the flames. Incident Cmdr. Keith Long said containment increased from 37% to 70% by the end of the day Tuesday, and acreage stayed about even at about 1,570. While containment is expected to increase steadily in the coming days, the interior of the fire is likely to continue burning for months until soaking rain or snow arrives and it will have to be closely monitored, he said.
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High Park fire update: Teller County blaze is 87% contained and has burned 2.5 square miles

Firefighters in Colorado continued working on two wildfires in red flag weather conditions on Thursday with moisture and cooler weather on the way. The High Park fire, burning in Teller County about 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek, has scorched about 1,572 acres, or about 2.5 square miles since starting on May 12. The fire is 87% contained, fire officials said on Thursday. About 360 people are working on the fire.