Wildfire burning in forest near Lake Isabel in southern Colorado

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COLORADO CITY, Colo. — Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for a new wildfire burning on Forest Service land near Lake Isabel in southern Colorado. There are no homes in Pueblo County threatened and crews made progress Tuesday.

The fire, which has been named the Willis Creek Fire, is estimated at about 60 acres as of 6:45 p.m., according to Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

It is burning about 1.5 miles northeast of Lake Isabel, which is west of Colorado City on the Pueblo County/Custer County line. It was first reported around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire is about six miles south of Bishop Castle.

As of 3 p.m. helicopters dropped lots of retardant on the fire and it seems to have slowed down the fire for the moment.

There will be lots of activity around Lake San Isabel and the staging area in Rye – please try to avoid those areas while the US Forest Service and several of our local fire teams continue suppression efforts.

“Anytime fire danger is at this level, people should be aware,” Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said. “We have been witnessing air operations all day, that is significant. Even with that, if you believe your safety is at risk, don’t wait for an evacuation order – temporarily leave the area.  Fires move quickly, trust yourself to make good decisions to protect yourself and your family.”

Approximate location of fire:

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Pre-evacuation notices

The following areas are under a PRE-evacuation notice, according to tbe Beulah fire protection district:

  • San Isabel
  • Highway 165 from Highway 78 (12-mile) to San Isabel
  • Highway 78 from San Carlos Trailhead to Highway 165

People in the area should begin preparing their homes and packing belongings in case the fire continues to spread.

Citizens in the communities of Beulah, Rye, and Colorado City are not under pre-evacuation or evacuation orders. They are however, asked to be on alert because fire conditions are high and thunderstorms and winds are likely over the next day or two. 

Road closures

Drivers are being asked to stay off 12 mile road and Highway 165 if possible. Highway 165 will be closed periodically to accommodate helicopter filling out of San Isabel.

Firefighting efforts

As of Tuesday afternoon, one Type 3 helicopter, one Type 1 helicopter, three large air tankers, and one very large air tanker are being used to fight the fire. Follow https://bit.ly/31xIw5j for containment, acres, and daily operational updates.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX21 News for the latest.

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