Willis Creek Fire 90% contained; pre-evacuations lifted


The Willis Creek Fire on Wednesday morning. / Photo courtesy

COLORADO CITY, Colo. — The Willis Creek Fire burning near Lake Isabel on the Pueblo/Custer county line is now 90% contained, and pre-evacuation notices have been lifted.

The fire was first reported around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. It is 90% contained as of 3 p.m. Thursday. The most recent mapping, by firefighters on the ground, indicates the fire burned about 16 acres.

The fire is burning about 1.5 miles northeast of Lake Isabel, in both Pueblo and Custer counties. It’s about six miles south of Bishop Castle.

The pre-evacuation notices previously in place for the fire were lifted Wednesday afternoon.

The Type 1 helicopters and county resources were released from firefighting duties Wednesday night.

The incident has transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 team as of 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

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