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Firefighters Gaining Containment At High Park Fire

By Danielle Chavira

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - Firefighters contained more of the High Park Fire burning in Teller County. Since the fire started on May 12, it's burned 1,572 acres. It is now 89% contained.

High Park Fire 2 (Friday, from Inciweb)
The High Park Fire as seen during a flyover Friday. (credit: Inciweb)

Road closures and evacuations have since been lifted.

On Friday, fire officials say they expect 3-6 inches of snow over the course of 24 hours. They say a section of the fire which is not contained is in steep, rock terrain east of Booger Red Hill and Fourmile Creek.

High Park Fire 1 (Thursday night, from Inciweb)
Fire crews at the High Park Fire on May 14. (credit: Inciweb)

"Yesterday there was a flare up on the interior of the fire and crews were quickly able to reduce the smoke. This is an important reminder that even when 100% perimeter containment is achieved, the interior of the fire will continue to smolder throughout the summer due to large stumps and heavy fuels," a fire incident commander stated on social media.

The public is asked to stay out of the burned areas due to potential for falling trees, ash pits and hot soil.

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