New fire on the horizon deemed Arapahoe

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 10:20 am

Yet another new fire has sprung up in the mountains surrounding Laramie Peak. The Arapahoe fire, as it is being called, is one of three fires that was started by lightning June 28 between Bearhead Mountain and Laramie Peak.

Several residents of the Cottonwood Park an Bear Creek Road area have been evacuated as a precaution. There has been no word on structures in the area.

Currently, the fire is burning in mixed conifer fuels on private and state lands and is being pushed toward Esterbrook by high winds.

According to a source living near the Esterbrook area, the fire is currently about 10 miles south of the village.

A type I Incident Management team has been ordered to report to the fire and is expected to arrive sometime Saturday. In the meantime, the Type II management team that is currently supervising the Russell's Camp Fire will oversee operations on the Arapahoe Fire as well.

Check back for further updates throughout the day as new information becomes available.

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