Colorado fires: Wildfires torching Colorado, prompting evacuations, destroying properties, taking lives

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Below are the largest fires in the state that are causing either evacuations or threatening homes.


The Eby Creek Fire is burning in the Castle Peak Ranch area. It has scorched 8 acres so far and is 50 percent contained. Crews do not expect it to grow. The fire was first reported Thursday evening. The cause of the fire is lightning. Find out more details here.


A fire burning in Boulder County prompted evacuation notices on Tuesday. Boulder County officials say the fire is about 300 acres and is burning on the west side of the Flatirons. The fire is 40 percent contained as of Thursday morning and workers will try to get it completely contained by Saturday. Heavy rain fell on the fire area Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, increasing relative humidity. A resident in the area says lightning was seen before the fire started. Find out more details here.


The High Park Fire is now 87,284 acres with 85 percent containment. The fire started on June 9 around 6 a.m. and is burning approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins. More than 1,100 personnel are fighting the blaze. On June 11, authorities confirmed 62-year-old Linda Steadman died from the blaze. Search crews found Steadman's remains at her house on Old Flowers Road. Authorities say Steadman received two notification calls. A deputy was on his way to personally warn her, but he was pushed back by flames. Larimer County officials confirm at least 259 homes are destroyed from the High Park Fire. The cause of this fire is lightning. Workers plan to have it completely contained by July 1. Find out more details here.


Light rain and higher humidity levels helped firefighters reach 40 percent containment in the 80-acre Lightner Fire burning near Durango. About 70 personnel are fighting this fire, which is burning about 3.5 miles west of Durango. The cause of this fire is lightning.Find out more details here.


The Little Sand Fire is now 23,500 acres with only 34 percent containment. The fire started on May 13 around 4 p.m. and is burning approximately 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. More than 230 personnel are fighting the blaze. No structures have burned or threatening in this blaze. The cause of this fire is lightning. Find out more details here.


The Pine Ridge Fire is estimated at 12,047 acres and five percent contained. The cause of this fire is lightning. The fire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction. Nearly 100 people are fighting this fire. Find out more details here.


The Treasure Fire is burning 470 acres with 25 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 at 11:10 a.m. and is burning five miles northeast of Leadville. No structures have burned in this blaze. The fire is human-caused, but it is still under investigation. More than 120 personnel are working on this fire. Find out more details here.


The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 16,750 acres with only 25 percent containment. The blaze has destroyed 347 homes. The fire started on June 23 around noon and is burning in Pike National Forest in El Paso County. More than 1,100 personnel are fighting the blaze. The cause of this fire is under investigation. Firefighters hope to have the fire completely contained by July 16. Find out more details here.


The Weber Fire is burning more than 9,279 acres. The fire is 45 percent contained. It started on June 22 just after 4 p.m. The fire is burning in Montezuma County just six miles south of Mancos and just south of Highway 160. More than 100 homes were evacuated. No homes have been damaged in this fire. Officials say someone started the fire, but no further details are available at this time. Find out more details here.



  • Button Rock Fire
  • Hewlett Gulch Fire
  • Lower North Fork Fire
  • Springer Fire
  • Sunrise Mine Fire
  • Woodland Heights Fire

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