Just a few hours after the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office announced that a wildfire had broken out east of Estes Park it had grown to more than 20 acres with two spot fires.
The United States Forest Service tweeted at around 6:30 p.m. Monday that the fire had grown to 23 acres with two small spot fires and was “creeping and smoldering, burning on private and Roosevelt (National Forest).
The tweet included that the Forest Service and LCSO had taken unified command over the fire and that multiple agencies were on scene to help fight it.
The Sheriff’s Office announced Monday afternoon that the wildfire had broken out east of Estes Park, causing voluntary evacuation orders for those in the area.
According to a Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority release at around 4:20 p.m. Monday, LCSO officers were working a wildfire on Soul Shine Road south of U.S. 34, just east of Estes Park.
Fire officials have issued voluntary evacuations from Soul Shine Road east to Brown Trout Lane on the south side of U.S. 34, the LETA911 release said, adding other notifications will be made if mandatory evacuations are needed.
Anyone wishing to receive updates can text LCEVAC to 888777. Residents have been asked to not call 911 unless they are in danger.
This is the third fire in the area to break out over the last few days.
The Prickly Pear fire broke out off County Road 80C, north of Livermore, Sunday. According to the Livermore Fire Protection District in a tweet at 5:34 p.m. Monday, the fire was fully contained with LFPD crews and Glacier View Fire crews on scene conducting fire mop up operations. No further spread was anticipated, the tweet said, and one residential structure was lost.
On Saturday afternoon, a vegetation fire burned about 15 acres in the 5400 block of Colo. 14 north of Fort Collins before it was reported fully contained within an hour.
This is an ongoing story. The Reporter-Herald will update as more information becomes available.