Harris Park Shooting Range Fire 100 percent contained, closure order in effect

PARK COUNTY, Colo. -- Officials said the Harris Park Shooting Range Fire was 100 percent contained on Saturday afternoon.

The area will be closed to the public until at least May 15. Park County shared the update on its website.

Evacuation orders had been canceled Thursday evening for residents near the wildfire, which burned in the Harris Park Shooting Range area north of Bailey. The town is in Park County southwest of metro Denver.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered at about 5 p.m. for a few residents. Those orders were lifted and they were allowed to return to their homes around 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Shooting Range Fire was estimated to be 15 acres in size. It was burning in an area about eight miles north of the town of Bailey on U.S. Forest Service land west of Highway 285 near Camp Creek Road.

The Park County Sheriff's Office said target shooting was the suspected cause of the fire, but it was under investigation.

Neighbors have raised concerns about the shooting area.

Video shot by Sean Sziklas, Sr. showed a small fire with thick smoke and flames when it first started.

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