KENOSHA PASS, Colo. (CBS4) – Despite strong winds on Monday afternoon, crews were making progress against the Snyder Creek Fire burning near Kenosha Pass.

Winds in the area were estimated at 40 miles per hour and whipping up some of the flames in the interior of the fire.

Fire Information Officer Ralph Bellah with U.S. Forest Service told CBS4 the fire is putting up more smoke but there are no evacuations or new concerns.

There are 85 firefighters battling the blaze on Monday and it was 20 percent contained Monday afternoon.

The blaze broke out on Sunday close to the town of Jefferson and burned between 120 and 150 acres.

The Forest Service hoped to do better mapping on Monday to get a more accurate idea about the size of the fire.

There is an evacuation order for the trails in the area. The fire forced hikers and campers out of the area.

On Sunday a helicopter dumped muddy water from nearby water sources on trees that were on fire.

Dead trees, plus the weekend’s warm and windy temperatures, were fueling the blaze.

Officials have made no statement so far about a cause of the fire.


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