This weekend the Lake Christine Fire grew to nearly 12,000 acres

Driving back from Denver on Sunday there was a haze of smoke along I-70 from the Lake Christine Fire. Even though it's well south of the interstate the wind carried the smoke thick enough you could smell it. I was thinking the fire must be of considerable size to generate so much smoke. It is and continues to grow. That fire nearly doubled in size since Thursday.

Fire crews report that containment levels have dropped from 57% to only 32% as of today. Updates on other Colorado fires show the 416 Fire is nearly 50% contained. The biggest so far this season, the Spring Creek Fire, has scorched 108,045 acres and is at 91% containment.

The Lake Christine Fire is moving to the north and east and yesterday reached the south side of Cattle Creek Road. There are cabins and other buildings in that vicinity. Crews continue to battle the blaze on it the western edge as well. Heavy equipment along with aerial drops continue to work together to help bring that line under control.

For the very latest information on the Lake Christine Fire, click HERE. Evacuations are in place for Missouri Heights, Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road areas in Colorado.

There is rain in the forecast for later in the week. That news isn't all good. There are concerns the rain could trigger flash flooding and mudslides in the burned areas.

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