Evacuation orders for Old Park, Gore Lakes lifted Monday afternoon
Evacuation orders for Old Park and the Gore Lakes subdivision are being lifted Monday afternoon, allowing residents of the area to return to their homes.
The evacuation orders, which were put in place last week for nearly 200 homes, will be lifted at 1 p.m. Monday, according to officials from Grand County’s Office of Emergency Management. Latigo Ranch remains under evacuation.
Grand County Emergency Manager Christian Hornbaker said the two communities will remain under pre-evacuation status until further notice. Residents of both Old Park and Gore Lakes who chose to return to their homes “must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice should the Sheriff’ have to order another evacuation,” he explained.
Anyone seeking to return to their homes as the evacuations are lifted will be required to check-in with deputies before they will be allowed back into the area. Anyone returning to the area will need identification with them for re-entry. Only residents of the two areas, as well as their immediate family members, will be allowed back into Old Park or the Gore Lakes area.
Emergency personnel will not allow area residents to bring RVs, trailers, boats and other large vehicles that were removed during last week’s evacuation back into the area at this time. Hornbaker noted large vehicles may be allowed to return later this week if the status of the fire continues to improve.
Livestock and animals that have been sheltered at the CSU Extension may be picked up beginning at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, according t0 Hornbaker, requiring people to check-in with staff before removing the animals.
Emergency personnel are asking any citizens who chose to return to their homes Monday not to rush the process.
“Please do not attempt to line up early as that will create too much traffic on 134,” Hornbaker said. “There will be a lot of vehicles on the road and people will be eager to get back home. It will take a while for the check in and re-entry, so please do not rush.”
There will be a major increase in firefighter traffic on Highway 134 Monday evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. that returning citizens should be aware of, according to officials. Deputies from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol Old Park and the Gore Lakes areas after citizens return Monday.
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