Abandoned campfire determined as cause for 440+ acre Twin Lakes wildfire; some evacuations in place in Lake County

  • Source: CBS News Colorado
  • Published: 06/13/2024 12:00 AM

The Interlaken Fire in Colorado's high country has burned 443 acres, and some residents who live near it in Lake County have been asked to evacuate. The fire -- located near Twin Lakes and about 20 miles south of Leadville -- was first reported early on Tuesday afternoon and it sent a large plume of smoke up into the blue sky. In an update on Wednesday night, it was determined by the U.S. Forest Service Fire investigator an abandoned campfire was the cause of the Interlaken Fire. This campfire was discovered about 60 yards from the Interlaken Trail and 1.5 miles from the trailhead. Investigators did not have leads for who left the campfire upon determining the cause. Weather conditions are not ideal for firefighters in the region. A dry and hot pattern is locked in through Thursday with above normal temperatures and breezy afternoons and evenings.


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