Mar 20, 2011 10:54 PM by Stephanie Collins

Fire near Golden grows to over 500 acres

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a fire burning on steep, dry, rocky terrain near Golden has more than doubled its size to nearly 1 square mile.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the fire started Sunday morning on Mount Galbraith between Clear Creek and Golden Gate canyons. She says crews have not contained the blaze, which has
scorched about 550 acres.

Kelley says firefighters had to hike to the area to get to the blaze, and that a helicopter has been making water drops. U.S. 6 is closed through Clear Creek Canyon. No evacuations have been ordered.


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