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Interlaken fire burns in southwest Colorado, 95% contained

The Interlaken Fire in southwest Colorado was 95% contained as of Friday morning after burning a total of 698 acres, according to the latest update. THE wildfire located near Twin Lakes about 20 miles south of Leadville, was reported on the afternoon of June 11.

The Interlaken fire

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After better mapping, firefighters reduced the area burned from 748 to 698 acres. They also said fire crews gained ground on the wildfire thanks to some precipitation that decreased fire activity.

Areas affected by the closures are being reassessed, but “the closure cannot be fully lifted until the area is safe for outdoor enthusiasts.”

Several recreation sites, campgrounds and trails have reopened, but a closure is still in effect.

Firefighters clear brush from the fire line during the Interlaken fire.

Forest Service


A U.S. Forest Service Fire investigator determined the fire was started by an abandoned campfire. The campfire was discovered about 200 feet from the Interlaken Trail and 1.5 miles from the trailhead.

National Forest Service


Investigators had no leads as to who left the campfire after determining its cause. Anyone with information about campers experiencing a fire near the Interlaken Resort between June 7 and 11 is asked to call the tip line at 303-275-5266.

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