A wildfire has erupted at 11,700 feet of elevation in Colorado's largest wilderness area.
The Nebo Fire is estimated at 12 acres in size as of Thursday morning. It's burning in mixed conifer in the northeast corner of the Weminuche Wilderness just south of Mount Nebo.
The fire kicked off Wednesday as strong winds blasted through the high country, with wind gusts reported over 100 miles per hour in some parts of the state.
🔥New Fire: The #NeboFire is located in the NE corner Weminuche Wilderness south of Mt. Nebo. It is 12 acres burning in mixed conifer at 11,700'. Due to standing dead trees and steep terrain, firefighters are currently monitoring and assessing opportunities to safely suppress. pic.twitter.com/kXqHvlFCYk— SanJuanNF (@SanJuanNF) October 14, 2020
Firefighters are continuing to monitor and assess "opportunities to safely suppress" the blaze due to standing dead trees and steep terrain.
Forest visitors are being asked to avoid the area to ensure safe fire operations. Smoke haze may be visible from surrounding communities and high elevation passes near the area.
Mount Nebo is 13,205-foot mountain found off the Continental Divide Trail in the Weminuche Wilderness of San Juan Mountains. The summit is typically accessed from the Beartown and Kite Lake Trailhead just north of Hunchback Pass.
This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.