Weston Pass Fire in Park County 93 percent contained, around 13,000 acres

Photo: Park County Government

FAIRPLAY, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (7/14): The Weston Pass Fire remains at 13,023 acres but is now 93 percent contained, jumping up 10 percent in containment since Friday.
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UPDATE (7/13): The Weston Pass Fire remains at 13,023 acres and is now 83 percent contained.

Fire crews will continue to monitor the lightning-caused fire with lookouts and aircraft.

Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest that includes south of Country Road 22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and west of Highway 285.

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UPDATE (7/10): The Weston Pass Fire is now measured at 13,023 acres and is 64 percent contained.

Highway 285 has been reopened in both directions. It had been closed since the fire began 9 miles south of Fairplay on June 28.

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness remains closed.

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UPDATE (7/9): The Weston Pass Fire is now 52 percent contained.

Acreage remains unchanged at 13,019.

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UPDATE (7/8): Firefighters continue to inch closer to containing the Weston Pass Fire burning south of Fairplay.

Officials announced the fire was 34 percent contained Sunday morning, up 2 percent from Saturday morning.

The fire remains at 13,019 acres.

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UPDATE (7/7): Crews said Saturday the acreage for the Weston Pass Fire is now 13,091 acres and still at 32 percent containment.

Officials say the Structure Protection Group will continue to mitigate threats to structures in the area.

Daily briefings are being held at 2 p.m. outside at Prather’s Grocery Store at 301 US Hwy. 285 in Fairplay and at 3 p.m. outside at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 343 US 24 in Buena Vista.

At 8 a.m., Highway 285 was reopened as well.
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UPDATE (7/6): Progress was made on the Weston Pass Fire on Friday as officials reported a containment of 32 percent.

The fire had burned about 12,900 acres as of Friday evening.


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UPDATE (7/5): A fire burning southwest of Fairplay has burned nearly 11,000 acres and is 15 percent contained Thursday morning.

Officials say Park County's Weston Pass Fire was sparked by lightning late in the morning of June 28 and rapidly grew from there. It had ballooned to 10,727 acres as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, up more than 4,000 from 48 hours earlier.

Since then, the fire has held steady and not grown further.

Evacuations remain in place for the subdivisions of Campground of the Rockies Association (CORA) and Black Mountain south of Park County Road 22. Black Mountain north of CR 22 and Thousand Peaks are on a voluntary evacuation but are warned it could become mandatory at any time.

Evacuees can go to Fairplay Community Center and Woodland Park High School. The high school is also housing evacuees from the High Chateau Fire burning in Teller County.

There will be a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fairplay High School.


Air drops have been conducted as weather permits.