LAKE GEORGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters are battling a wildfire burning about three miles south of Lake George in the Pike National Forest.
The Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area and some homes and cabins were evacuated. A Boy Scout camp also had to be evacuated.
The fire was first reported at two to four acres at 1 p.m. Sunday but has increased to 200 acres since then. A Type 3 team has been ordered.
“From where I’m standing, right across the street from Lake George, I can see plumes of smoke,” Mecca Rayne with KKTV in Colorado Springs said. “It almost looks like clouds.”
There are more than 40 firefighters and four helicopters battling the blaze that’s not far from where the Hayman Fire originated 10 years ago. That fire is the largest in Colorado history, burning 138,000 acres.
No injuries have been reported.
There were reports that the fire may have been tarted by people shooting a gun at a fuel tank, but that has not been confirmed.
Highways 90, 92 and 96 have been blocked off.
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