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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.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor and assess "opportunities to safely suppress" the blaze due to standing dead trees and steep terrain.

The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado at 499,771 acres. According to the U.S Forest Service, the wilderness is three-quarters of the size of Rhode Island.

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.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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