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Abandoned campfire to blame for forest fire near Twin Lakes

TWIN LAKES, Colo. (KRDO) — A U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire investigator has determined that the Interlaken Fire raging near Twin Lakes started from an abandoned campfire.

According to the USFS, the campfire was located approximately 180 feet from the Interlaken Hiking Trail and 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The campfire was not properly extinguished and continued to burn. Investigators believe the campfire was abandoned several days before it was reported on June 11, 2024.

The agency said officials currently have no clues as to who started the fire. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the USFS will use a hotline and other information platforms to identify possible suspects.

If you have information regarding campers who caused a fire near the Interlaken Resort between June 7 and June 11, 2024, please call the tip line at (303) 275-5266.

By Wednesday morning, June 12, the Interlaken Fire had grown to 413 acres.

Currently, several trails and roads are closed, including the Interlaken Trail and Parking Lot, Willis Gulch Trail, Sheep Gulch Trail, sections of the Colorado Trail in the Twin Lakes area, Forest Service Road 399, and scattered campgrounds around the lake. Campgrounds are still open in the area. Evacuation orders are in effect for the Lost Canyon, Cache Creek, and Clear Creek areas.

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