UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 8:21 p.m.

(SIMLA, Colo.) — The 125 fire is now 96% contained.

125 fire near Simla 90% contained

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 7:32 p.m.

The 125 Fire burning in Simla is now 90% contained, Elizabeth Fire Rescue said on Twitter.

The fire rescue also commended the work of crews in stopping the fire before it claimed houses, and shared a photo of just how close the fire got to one home.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor for hotspots, Elizabeth Fire Rescue said.

125 fire burns close to homes in Simla
Courtesy: Elizabeth Fire Rescue

125 fire near Simla 50% contained, evacuation lifted

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 6:20 p.m.

The evacuation order for Simla has been lifted, Elizabeth Fire Rescue said.

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 6:00 p.m.

The 125 Fire burning near Simla is now 50% contained, according to Elizabeth Fire Rescue.

Evacuation orders for Simla, shelter open in Kiowa

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 5:25 p.m.

The fire burning in Elbert County has now been deemed the 125 Fire. Elizabeth Fire Rescue said no structures have been lost.

Elbert County Road and Bridge has cleared 25 feet of vegetation to help stop the fire from reaching Simla.

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3/30/2023 5:00 p.m.

According to Elizabeth Fire Rescue, evacuation orders are in effect for the town of Simla.

Elizabeth Fire Rescue described the fire as a “large wildfire,” and said it is currently threatening 500-700 acres. A shelter has been established at the Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Avenue, Kiowa, CO.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has also issued an Air Quality Advisory for Elbert County and northeastern El Paso County.

ORIGINAL STORY: CSFD assists with wildland fire in Simla

THURSDAY 3/30/2023 4:23 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) is sending aid to a wildland fire burning in Simla, about 14 miles northeast of Calhan.

CSFD tweeted about the fire just after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. CSFD said they sent two brush trucks, one engine, and a Battalion Chief after a mutual aid request.

  • Fire burning in Simla
  • Fire burning in Simla

A Red Flag warning remains in effect for much of Southern Colorado, including Simla, until 8 p.m. Thursday due to high winds and low humidity.

FOX21 News has a crew on the way to the fire and will provide updates when they become available.