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Interlaken Fire in Colorado Grows to 585 Acres: Firefighters Achieve 5% Containment

TWIN LAKES, COLORADO – As of 9:00 a.m. on June 14, 2024, the Interlaken Fire has burned 585 acres, with firefighters achieving 5% containment. The blaze, located 7 miles south-southwest of Leadville, Colorado, began on June 11, 2024, and is confirmed to be human-caused due to an abandoned campfire. A total of 214 personnel are currently engaged in battling the fire.

Here are additional updates and key developments released Friday morning, including ongoing firefighter activities, area closure and evacuation information, and an upcoming weather forecast for the fire area.





Key Developments

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Leadville Lake County Fire Station (141 CR 10). The meeting will be available in Spanish, and a video will be uploaded afterward.

Fire Activity: On Thursday, June 13, fire activity increased in the northwest corner of the fire, labeled Division A. Firefighters worked through the night to protect historical structures in this area, characterized by steep terrain and dense lodgepole pine debris. The fire is advancing slowly through the underbrush towards Interlaken Trail, which crews are using as a fireline.

On the west-southwest side, Division Z, firefighters are constructing a direct fireline connected to Forest Service Road 399. Additional crews are expected to continue this effort. In Division D, on the east side, more personnel are setting up a fireline from Forest Service Road 399 westward. Local Search and Rescue teams are aiding firefighters by transporting supplies across Twin Lakes by boat. Helicopter support includes two Type 1, two Type 2, and one Type 3 helicopters.





Weather Forecast

The fire area is expected to be partly sunny with a high of 69°F and humidity between 25-30%. Winds will shift from the northwest at 3-10 mph to the west at 10-20 mph. A weather system approaching may bring gusty winds, showers, thunderstorms, and potential outflow winds up to 45 mph. There could also be brief heavy rain and small hail. Thunderstorms are expected to subside by Friday evening, with dry and breezy conditions forecasted for Saturday.

Safety Information

Closures: Several trails, parking areas, and roads are closed, including:

  • Interlaken Trailhead and Parking Area
  • Willis Gulch Trail
  • Willis Stump Trail
  • Sheep Gulch Trail
  • Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail segments in the Twin Lakes Area
  • Red Rooster Day Use Area
  • Moache Day Use Area
  • Dexter Point Day Use Area and Campground
  • Deception Point Day Use
  • Forest Service Road 399 and 398
  • Dispersed camping around the lake
  • Surface area of Twin Lakes




Evacuations: Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for Lost Canyon (CR 30) and Chaffee County areas north of CR 390 to the county line, including Cache Creek and Clear Creek. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts in Lake County and Chaffee County.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. Unauthorized drone activity will halt firefighting operations.

For more information, visit the InciWeb page here for the fire, contact the fire information phoneline at 719-301-4284 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) or email 2024.interlaken@firenet.gov





Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.





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