Residents allowed to return after wildfire near Florissant forces evacuations

Teller County Sheriff's Office
A pre-evacuation warning has been issued for Druid Hills Subdivision due to a wildland fire near Manchester Place.

Updated Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 10:08 a.m.

Emergency crews in Teller County on Wednesday evacuated residents southeast of Florissant in the Palmer Village subdivision due to a wildfire burning near Manchester Place. 

The evacuation order was canceled at about 3:15 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes, according to officials with the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials warned residents in the neighborhood and those in the nearby Druid Hills and Twin Rock subdivisions that additional evacuations could be ordered if the wildfire spreads or conditions worsen.

If you are in danger, evacuate immediately. If you need extra time or help to evacuate, consider leaving now. 

Teller County Sheriff's Office
Evacuation orders have been issued due to a wildfire in Florissant on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

Officials say the fire was sparked by lightning. It grew to 14 acres before rain doused the flames. The Teller County Sheriff's Office said it's now 100 percent contained, but smoke may still be visible in the area as fire crews continue to monitor the fire over the next few days.

Teller County uses the Peak Alerts system exclusively for emergency and non-emergency alerts. You can sign up for those alerts on the county’s 911 website.