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Royal Gorge fire continues to burn in Colorado

7:55 AM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. -- There is a 3,800-acre wildfire burning south of the Royal Gorge. There is zero percent containment.

The Bureau of Land Management says three structures have been lost in the fire south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the Arkansas River. The general manager of the Royal Gorge Bridge say the bridge appeared to be OK, despite fire burning on either side of the bridge.

The Department of Corrections moved 881 prisoners from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility to East Cañon City complex as a precaution due to the fire. Twenty-four offenders in the infirmary were also evacuated and taken to nearby prisons and other facilities including at least one in Denver.

The facility houses general population inmates. Some Territorial inmates have special physical needs, according to a prison spokeswoman.

"It takes time to move them, which is why it was prudent to do it now. We have back up generators and redundancy plans at Territorial, but we can do this move now in a calm manner," said Alison Morgan, spokesperson with the Colorado Department of Corrections.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, mandatory evacuations were ordered from the Royal Gorge Park north to Highway 50 and from west end of Canon City to Parkdale Bridge. Temple Canyon on south side of the Gorge was also evacuated.

The Arkansas River has been closed from Spike Buck through Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been evacuated.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Evangelical Free Church on 3000 E. Main St. in Canon City.

For questions, contact Liz Jordan at 719-339-0618.

An animal and livestock shelter was set up at Pathfinder Park off of Highway 115 between Canon City and Florence.

A DC-10 air tanker is on scene assisting on fire airdrops. It arrived from Albuquerque Tuesday afternoon.


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