Wildfire Evergreen Emergency evacuation: The Elephant Butte Fire has increased about 50 acres and burning west side of Evergreen Lake.
Allison Sylte, Dacia Johnson (9NEWS), Bobbi Sheldon reported.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado: Hundreds of homes received an evacuation notice Monday due to the Elephant Butte Fire burning west side of Evergreen.
Tuesday Updates: firefighters said the fire is still about 50 acres in size with zero containment. There’s no word yet on its cause.
Firefighters are hopeful that cooler temperatures and humidity in the forecast Tuesday will help in efforts to contain the blaze.
Evacuation notices first went to homes within a five-mile radius of the 31000 blocks of Upper Bear Creek Road, where the fire was first reported but has since expanded to up to 1,000 homes, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office(JCSO).
CodeRed sent 2,950 phone calls, 1,070 text messages and 826 emails on Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Those evacuation orders were not lifted overnight, according to the Sheriff’s Office. When they are lifted or changed, a notification will go out via the CodeRed system.
Alderfer/Three Sisters Park and Elk Meadow, both open spaces, have also been evacuated and closed.
Firefighters said the biggest challenge in fighting the Elephant Butte Fire so far is that it’s burning in rocky, steep terrain with many surrounding trees.
“There is a threat to your safety, and you should leave this area immediately,” the JCSO tweeted.
No injuries have been reported and no structures had been destroyed.
Here’s an updated map of the evacuation area, which encompasses Upper Bear Creek Road south to Brook Forest Road east to Highway 73.
UPDATED #ElephantButteFire evacuation area seen here. Total evacuation area is now Upper Bear Creek Road south to Buffalo Park Road east to Highway 73. CodeRed was just sent out. Fire is now at 30-40 acres. Structure protection in place #jeffco pic.twitter.com/6fUA4tvctO
— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) July 13, 2020
Deputies said: Best routes out of the area are West End Upper Bear Creek Road west to King-Murphy Elementary School.
The evacuation centers have been set up at King Murphy Elementary at 425 Circle K Ranch Road and Evergreen Middle School at 2059 Hiwan Dr. Livestock and large animals can be taken to the Jefferson County fairgrounds, but smaller pets can come to both evacuation centers.
People who need help evacuating can call 911.
Two helicopters and a large tanker are also assisting with fire mitigation after the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC) ordered aircraft support.
American Red Cross volunteers are in Evergreen to provide dinner for first responders.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, JCSO said.
Day 2 Update on the #ElephantButteFire Fire is still at 50 acres in size with zero containment. No evacuation orders have been lifted & no new evacuation orders have been issued. We’re hoping the cooler weather today helps us make progress pic.twitter.com/bkzExQ4iyg
— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) July 14, 2020
The fire instantly increased from 5 acres to roughly 50 acres on Monday, according to the JCSO.
Helicopters were seen collecting water buckets to fight the fire from Evergreen Lake. During a media briefing, firefighters said: Wind would be a concern going into Monday evening.
With little moisture, temperatures throughout the Front Range have been in the 90s for multiple days in a row.
Multiple counties have implemented fire bans to prevent wildfires.