UPDATE: As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, all evacuation orders had been lifted, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management.
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A new wildfire forced authorities to issue pre-evacuation orders for portions of Grand and Summit counties on Wednesday evening.
The fire is located roughly 9 miles south of Kremmling and north of Green Mountain Reservoir.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office originally issued a mandatory evacuation order for the area in red below:
Evacuees were told they could go to the Kremmling Fairgrounds.
However, at 6:30 p.m. it downgraded the order to a pre-evacuation order for the red region below east of Blue River along Highway 9. It includes areas in both Grand and Summit counties:
Officials said about 12 vacation homes were evacuated, but none were in immediate danger.
The fire is being called the Deep Creek Fire. It was originally referred to as the Spring Creek Fire, which is also the name of a large fire that burned in southern Colorado in 2018.
According to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, a large air tanker and other resources have been sent to the fire area.
“Benefiting from an air attack late in the afternoon, about 60 firefighters have limited the blaze at this point to an estimated 35 acres in timber and harvested hay meadows,” Summit Fire and EMS said in an update posted about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office is providing updates on the fire online.