The High Chateau and Highland Meadows subdivisions south of Florissant are on a mandatory evacuation notice due the High Chateau Fire.
The fire started around 12:30 p.m. on County Road 11 near mile marker 9. It has burned about 417 acres and has no containment as of 8:15 p.m. No structures have been lost.
“This fire is exceptionally fast and seems very hard for us to get containment on,” said Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell.
About 111 homes are in the evacuation zone, forcing County Roads 111 and 112 to shut down.
Nearby county and state agencies are on alert and are providing Teller County with resources to help put out the flames.
“We saw the flames and we went down, got the briefcase and our important documents,” sadi Donna Chorey who lives in High Chateau
Many homeowners waited for updates at the Evergreen Station located near Florissant. Gas station owner, Tony Radecki gave folks food, water and even allowed them to use the phone since service in the area was limited.
“We try to do what we can, they’re in a tough situation they are scared about their animals, they can’t get home and they are worried,” said Radecki.
The Sheriffs Office says one of their biggest concerns, earlier in the day, was getting people to evacuate as many were refusing to leave.
“It’s their property they don’t have to leave, we would ask that they leave before it puts our officers and firemen at risk,” said Sheriff Mikesell.
A Red Cross evacuation shelter is available at Cripple Creek High School at 410 North B Street in Cripple Creek. The Teller County fairgrounds and the Woodland Park Saddle Club are open for livestock.
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