403 Fire in Park County now 25 percent contained; mandatory evacuations lifted

Fire burning in Park County Colorado 3/30/23.
Fire burning in Park County Colorado 3/30/23.(TCSO)
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 12:17 PM MDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 10:42 AM MDT
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PARK COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Click here for the latest updates from the 403 Fire Facebook page, operated by the U.S. Forest Service.


ESTIMATED SIZE: 1,518 acres


EVACUATIONS: Mandatory evacuations all downgraded to pre-evacuation status as of 12 p.m. April 2. All areas already under pre-evacuation remain on pre-evac.


All mandatory evacuations were lifted at noon Sunday as growth has slowed on the 403 Fire.

“I’m very happy to tell you that,” said Sheriff Jason Mikesell to a room full of applause during Sunday morning’s briefing.

Evacuations had been in effect since late Thursday morning, when a grass fire, aided by relentless wind gusts, exploded southeast of Eleven Mile State Park. Park County issued the first evacuation just before noon for residents living near Park County Road 403 and Alpine Lane; Teller County followed suit a few hours later for the Wilson Lakes and Forest Glen subdivisions.

All areas under mandatory evacuation in both counties downgrade to pre-evacuation status at noon Sunday.

“Now, is there a possibility of something happening and you having to leave again? Yes,” he reminded the crowd.

Residents are the only ones allowed back in the area, which remain heavy with fire apparatus traffic.

“Stay in your residences, stay clear of the firefighters, stay clear of the fire zone. Let them do their job,” Mikesell said.

Areas previously on pre-evacuation status remain on that status.

“We still want that heightened understanding that there is a fire,” Mikesell said.

Click here for updates from Peak Alerts for Teller County.