Wildfire in Park County near Lake George prompts evacuation order

A wildfire is burning in Park County near Lake George and residents are ordered to evacuate as a safety precaution.

At 11:39 a.m. Thursday, residents in a one-mile radius around the intersection of County Road 403 and Alpine Meadow Lanes were ordered to “evacuate immediately due to a fire in the area,” Park County emergency management officials said in an alert. “This is a full and immediate evacuation – residents in the area are asked to leave immediately.”

An emergency shelter is located at the Lake George Community Center, 39141 U.S. 24, the alert said. Large animals and livestock can be sheltered at the Lake George Fairgrounds, 37371 Highway 24.

The fire is burning near the Teller County line and smoke is visible in the area.

The Lake George area is under a red flag warning, posted by the National Weather Service, for fire danger until 8 p.m. Thursday. Low humidity and strong winds, gusting to 55 mph, prompted the warning.

“Conditions will be favorable for rapid fire spread,” the warning said. “Avoid outdoor burning and any activities that may produce sparks.”

This is a developing story and it will be updated. 

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