Elephant Butte Fire now 25 percent contained, JeffCo sheriff says


EVERGREEN, Colo. (KDVR) — Update (Tuesday 12:50 p.m.): The Jefferson County Sheriff said the Elephant Butte Fire has not grown much and remains at about 50 acres.

However the fire is now 25 percent contained, a major jump since earlier this morning.

Update (Monday 10:54 p.m.): FOX31’s Alex Rose talked to families that had to evacuate.

Update (10:14 p.m): Latest from Ashley Michels on scene in Evergreen.

Update (10:02 p.m.): Latest live update from FOX31’s Alex Rose.

Update (9:38 p.m.): JeffCo says not to expect any evacuation orders to be lifted tonight.

Update (8:40 p.m.): Different view of the fire:

Update (8:28 p.m.): Update from Evergreen Fire/Rescue Incident Commander & Wildland Captain Paul Amundson:

Update (8:05 p.m.): JeffCo Tweeted about CodeRed alerts.

Update (6:36 p.m.): Ground video from FOX31’s own Dara Bitler who is near the fire in Evergreen.

Update (6:29 p.m.): JeffCo provided an update on the fire and evacuations.

Update (5:35 p.m.): The evacuation area has again been expanded and now includes the entire area from Upper Bear Creek Road south to Buffalo Park Road and east to Highway 73.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office the fir has spread to an area of more than 30 acres.

Update (5:20 p.m.): FOX31’s Dara Bitler lives near the scene of the fire. She is live on our Facebook page now talking about what she is experiencing.

Update (5:12 p.m.): In addition to fighting the fire from the air with helicopters bringing up water from Evergreen Lake, crews on the ground are working to clear the brush.

This will help create a line without easily flammable material that should stop or at least slow the spread of the flames.

Update (4:54 p.m.): The evacuation zone has been expanded and now includes about 700 homes.

The fire is covering an area of about five acres.

Update (4:30 p.m.): The Jefferson County Sheriff said on Twitter that more evacuations are expected shortly.

The JeffCo Sheriff is also reporting that the fire has been named the Elephant Butte Fire.

Original: A wildfire is burning in Evergreen, and it has forced the closure of Alderfer/Three Sisters Park until further notice.

The fire was first reported around 2:30 p.m.

By 4 p.m. Jefferson County had issued an evacuation order for 250 homes on Upper Bear Creek Road.

SkyFOX is currently over the scene as crews work to get the fire contained.

This is a breaking story. Check back for details as they become available.

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