Four major fires break out across Colorado

By: Associated Press and Denver Post
June 11, 2013 Updated: June 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm
photo - A look at the Royal Gorge fire as it burns along a ridge Tuesday. (From Twitter)
A look at the Royal Gorge fire as it burns along a ridge Tuesday. (From Twitter) 

At least four major wildfires broke out along the Front Range on Tuesday, burning homes and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather.

Thick smoke plumes visible for hundreds of miles billowed from fires in southern Colorado and in Rocky Mountain National Park to the north.

All the Colorado wildfires were moving quickly, driven by hot, gusty winds and record-setting temperatures.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in any of the fires.

In southern Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management said three structures have been lost in a fire on about 300 acres near the Royal Gorge Bridge. Authorities evacuated Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

Another southern Colorado fire erupted Tuesday in rural Huerfano County. The Klikus Fire had burned an estimated 45 to 50 acres west of La Veta, prompting evacuation orders to about 200 residences northeast of the fire.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or structure damage from the Klikus Fire.

A wildfire was burning in Rocky Mountain National Park, covering 300 to 400 acres. No structures were threatened.

And a  small wildfire burning in Pike National Forest prompted pre-evacuations in Douglas County Tuesday afternoon.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued pre-evacuation warning in the area of Bergen Rock, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. The pre-evacuation includes the area north of Bergen Rock to Highway 67 and east to Highway 105.

That area also includes Devilshead North to Highway 67 and Rampart East to Highway 105.

The fire was estimated to be one to two acres Tuesday afternoon and was 75 percent contained.

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