Fire caused evacuation of over 300 homes.
Firefighters were battling 20 to 25 acres in of flames in Deer Creek Canyon in Jefferson County, and new information has come to light about how it started.
The fire started yesterday afternoon and fire and open space officials worked fast to get people off the many trails in the area, as well as to start fighting the fire. Firefighters were able to make headway overnight, thanks to cooler temps and humidity in the air, and fire crews from six different agencies are still after it today. The fire is located west of Chatfield Reservoir in the popular recreation site of Deer Creek Canyon.
Most of the open space and recreation area is closed indefinitely. Best to stay clear of the area to give firefighters room to work, unless you live in the area, and please keep your drones out of the sky, as they interfere with ongoing efforts.
"All of these Jefferson County parks remains closed all day today: South Valley Park, Hildebrand Ranch Park, and Deer Creek Canyon Park are all closed due to fire," says the Jefferson County Sheriff's Twitter page.
Over 300 homes were put forced to evacuate during the blaze and some are now being allowed back in. Luckily, the firefighters were able to keep damage to a minimum as of Friday morning.
"So far, there's been no injuries, and there have been no structures burned in this fire," Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Taplin said.
Officials have also relayed that the fire was started by humans.
"As far as the beginning of the fire, we're considered it to be human-caused as of right now. There's an open investigation that is active. We've talked with witnesses. The witnesses heard explosions, they saw smoke, and then some witnesses have seen two juvenile males running from the area," Taplin said.
Jefferson County wants to remind people that if you were evacuated due to the Deer Creek Canyon Park Fire, shelter and provisions are available at the evacuation site, Ken Caryl Ranch House, 7676 S. Continental Divide Road, Littleton, CO.
If you have any information that you believe could help with the investigation into the cause of the fire, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 303-271-0211.
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