JEFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Thursday wildfire in Jefferson County resulted in evacuation orders for more than two dozen homes in the Ramona Gulch area. The Platte River Fire burned at least 31 acres on the south side of Platte River Road, approximately 3 miles east of Foxton Road.
Crews said point fires were contained on the north side of the road at 9 p.m. Thursday. Two engines will continue to fight the fire overnight.
Investigators say no structures have been lost or threatened. An evacuation center will remain open at Conifer High School overnight. Officials encourage evacuated residents to check in, but they are not required to remain on the premises.
The Platte River Fire was first reported around 2:30 p.m. in Block 17000 on West Platte River Road.
According to Jeffco officials, the fire appears to have originated from a derelict power line. Officials said the fire was 0% contained at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Platte River Fire Update. Notification area for instant
Evacuation. The evacuation center is Conifer High School. Large animals can be brought to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. pic.twitter.com/o9952CF8KV
– Jeffcom911co (@ jeffcom911co) June 10, 2021
The North Fork Trail in Reynolds Park is closed until further notice. Residents can bring large animals such as horses to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for text alerts about the fire and evacuation through the CodeRED app. Updates on the brand will also be published under this link.
– Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) June 11, 2021
A type 2 helicopter, two airtankers and one air attack responded to the fire on Thursday afternoon. The cloud of smoke from the fire could be seen from several kilometers away.
Thursday afternoon temperatures in the greater Denver area were in the mid-1990s, and the skies over the city are already hazy as smoke from forest fires seeped in outside the state.
The fire hazard is not classified as high for Colorado’s Front Range Thursday, but there is a red flag warning for western Colorado.