TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (7/6): The Teller County Sheriff's says the fire is now 100 percent contained and all pre-evacuation notices have been lifted.
UPDATE (7/6): The Teller County sheriff issued an order that beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, the remaining mandatory evacuations for the High Chateau Fire that include High Chateau Ranch, Highland Meadows and the subdivisions in the area will be reopened for resident access. They will remain on pre-evacuation status.
The containment of the fire was increased to 95 percent Friday evening.
“A few smoking hot spots were found and were moped up, but not many,” said Todd Abel, Operations Section Chief. Firefighters spent most of their time patrolling the subdivisions to ensure all the homes were safe.
Officials told 11 News Friday afternoon at least eight homes had been destroyed by the blaze.
Deputies reminded homeowners they must get a pass to be let back in the area. Passes can be picked up at the Disaster Assistance Center at Summit Elementary School in Divide at 490 Meadow Park Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Because of the progress made, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will give up their command of the fire and move it to the local fire department.
The cause remains under investigation.
UPDATE (7/5): Major progress was made on the High Chateau Fire burning in Teller County in the past few days. As of Thursday evening, the blaze was 91 percent contained.
"We pray our friends working #SpringFire get some relief and continue to grieve for residents who have lost everything," the Teller County Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter just before 6:30 p.m.
11 News partner The Gazette was reporting Thursday evening 10 homes had been destroyed by the blaze.
UPDATE (7/4): The High Chateau Fire was reportedly 75 percent contained Wednesday evening.
UPDATE (7/3): Day four of the High Chateau Fire ended on a high note for firefighters and the 1,700 people ousted from their homes.
Tuesday evening officials announced the fire was 35 percent contained. The shelter in Woodland Park was closed, but the shelter at Cripple Creek High School was still open to evacuees.
"Great day yesterday," said Incident Commander Todd Pechota in a statement Tuesday.
The jump in containment was an even more impressive accomplishment for firefighters when factoring in the return of scorching temperatures and wind after a reprieve over the weekend. The Teller County sheriff acknowledged in an evacuee briefing early Monday afternoon that he was nervous about fire activity due to the less favorable weather conditions.
The fire had burned 1,394 acres as of Tuesday morning, holding fairly steady in size since the weekend.
The fire is burning off of County Road 11 near mile marker 9 and Teller County Road 1 west of Evergreen Station as of Saturday afternoon.
The Teller County sheriff confirmed Monday that homes were among the roughly five structures lost in the fire, but said law enforcement were still trying to determine addresses.
The Teller County Sheriff's Office has placed the following subdivisions on mandatory evacuations: Slater Creek Road, Eagle Crest Ranch at Slater Creek, Sunrise Ridge, Chateau West, Highland Meadows, Dome, Rock Ranch, Living Forest Estates, High Chateau Ranch, Lookout Point Road, B Lazy M Ranch, Deer Mountain Road, and Ranch Resorts north of Evergreen Station. The Park County Sheriff's Office released information Saturday afternoon that the fire was moving across county lines. Mandatory evacuations are in place for: Park Ridge, Doe Valley, Pike Meadow, Four Mile Ranch, Olson Slater Creek, and Ponderosa subdivisions between 8826 County Rd 100 and County Rd 102 and between CR 71 and the Teller County Line.
Pre-evacuations have been ordered for all residents from Evergreen to High Chateau along Teller County Road 11, as well as from Teller County Road 1 to Highland Meadows and west of Teller County Road 1 to County Road 112. They are also under pre-evacuation for La Montana Mesa, Las Brisas, Ranch Resorts behind Evergreen station, Evergreen Station and Lazy BM Ranch, Sanborn Ranch, as well as east of Teller County Road 11 and east of Teller County Road 1.
The above list of evacuations and pre-evacuations are current as of Tuesday morning.
A shelter has been set up at the Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 at 410 North B Street in Cripple Creek. A temporary triage tent has also been set up through Public Health at Evergreen Station at 8722 Co Rd 1, Florissant.
For those who have been evacuated, deputies asked residents to prepare to stay evacuated for at least the next 24 to 48 hours.
Some evacuees were escorted in by deputies to get essential items such as medications, but all others should stay out of the area as firefighting efforts continue. The shelter also has an area for homeowners to request medications and prescriptions through the Red Cross. Dogs and cats are allowed at the shelter but must be kept in a crate. The fairgrounds are also open for livestock.
“Wondering about our house and our pets," said homeowners Damon and Margaret Renner. "We can’t get in to check on them. That’s the story for a lot of people here. We’re just waiting to see what happens.”
Community members have a lost pet page, "Teller County Lost Pets," to help connect pets lost in the fire to their owners.
County Road 11 is only open to people who live in the area. Teller County Road 111 to the Park County line, High Chateau and Highland Meadows remain closed. Teller County Road 12 was also closed Saturday for evacuations.
There will be a community briefing daily at 1 p.m. at the Florissant Fire Station.
For residents who have not signed up for emergency alerts, the sheriff's office tweeted the following information to register:
“We’re living in a time where those who can remember the Hayman Fire, our moisture content right now is lower than when we had that fire, so the fire danger is extreme," said Wes Walter with the Teller County Sheriff's Office. "Probably as extreme as I have seen in 22 years.”
Deputies are also accepting donations that include requested items such as chapstick, sunblock and throat lozenges that may be brought to the sheriff's office: