Fire near Simla in Colorado about 90 percent contained Thursday evening

Photo of a fire near Simla 3/30/23.
Photo of a fire near Simla 3/30/23.(Rowen)
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 4:04 PM MDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2023 at 8:26 PM MDT
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ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A fire was burning in Elbert County near Simla on Thursday.

A spokesperson with Elizabeth Fire said the blaze is about two to three miles south of the town and a shelter is at Elbert County Fairgrounds. At one point Thursday afternoon, the entire Town of Simla was evacuated. At about 6:15 p.m. the evacuation order was lifted. As of 8:15 p.m., the fire was about 90 percent contained. The estimated size will likely change, but at last report at about 4 p.m. officials estimated about 600 acres.

Simla is located northeast of El Paso County along Highway 24.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department sent two brush trucks, an engine and a battalion chief to assist.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated.