Elephant Butte fire near Evergreen leads to evacuations.

A wildfire burning in the Evergreen area of Jefferson County on Monday afternoon has prompted the evacuation of about 700 homes, sheriff’s officials said.

The fire is in the area of Upper Bear Creek Road and Overlook Trail, according to Evergreen Fire Rescue. The fire, at about 5:40 p.m., was estimated to be about 40 acres.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for the Upper Bear Creek Road Elephant Butte area. The code red evacuation area was initially about a 5-mile radius including about 250 homes, but has since been increased to an area covering about 700 homes.

The evacuation area, at about 5:40 p.m., is along Upper Bear Creek Road south to Buffalo Park Road and east to Colorado 73.

The notice says area residents are threatened and they should leave immediately.

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) July 13, 2020

A helicopter is on the fire performing bucket-drops.

Evacuation centers are King Murphy Elementary School, 425 Circle K Ranch Road, and Evergreen Middle School, 2059 Hiwan Drive. The best routes out of the area are West End Upper Bear Creek Road heading west, the sheriff’s office said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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