403 fire: High winds fuel blaze near Florissant to over 1,000 acres as some residents evacuate

Teller County Sheriff's Office
Fire crews wait for a morning briefing and shift change near Florissant, where the 403 fire is burning, March 31, 2023.

Updated 8:31 a.m., April 1

Emergency crews have made progress in containing a large wildfire that started burning Thursday south of Lake George, about an hour west of Pikes Peak.

As of Saturday morning, the fire was 25 percent contained.

Officials say the 403 fire, named for a county road in the area, has burned more than 1,200 acres. About 100 homes in the area are still under evacuation orders, according to the Teller County Sheriff's Office.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported. Winds up to 50 miles per hour have made it dangerous to fly in air support.

High winds in Southern Colorado have fueled multiple wildfires since Thursday. A fire that began in Elbert County on Thursday is now contained, while other fires started burning near Morrison in Jefferson County and near Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora on Friday.

The U.S. Forest Service took over management of the fire Friday morning, though local agencies are still assisting.

Authorities have designated the fire as “human-caused,” but there are no further details yet. The Teller County Sheriff's Office said during a Friday morning press conference that the fire sparked southwest of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Donations for Park County residents can be dropped off at Lake George Fire, while donations for Teller County can go to the Sheriff's Office in Divide. Officials have specifically requested eye drops, cough drops and water.