A wildfire near Idaho Springs forced evacuations Sunday, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s office.
The Miner’s Candle fire was estimated at 20 acres Sunday morning, and burned about five miles west of Idaho Springs, according to the Clear Creek County Office of Emergency Management. The blaze forced evacuations along Miners Candle Road, Lamertine Road, Trail Creek Road and Sunny Skies trail, according to the sheriff’s office.
Evacuees can go to the Clear Creek District building at 320 Highway 103 — the old middle school. Animals can be evacuated to the football field in Idaho Springs.
It was not immediately clear Sunday when the fire started, or how. The Clear Creek Office of Emergency Management said on Twitter Sunday that additional firefighting resources had been called in to work the fire.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Much of the state was under a red flag warning Sunday until 3 p.m., with the National Weather Service in Boulder warning of gusty winds and dry conditions that are conducive to rapid fire growth.
❗️❗️Clear Creek County is working an active wildland fire called the Miner’s Candle Fire. Current evacuation areas are Miners Candle, Trail Creek, and Sunny Side. Evacuees can go to the Clear Creek District building at 320 Hwy 103 (old middle school).
— Clear Creek County OEM (@ClearCreekOEM) December 5, 2021