Mar 20, 2011 4:27 PM by AP

Wildfire burns in steep terrain near Golden

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a fire burning on steep, dry, rocky terrain near Golden has grown to an estimated 75 acres in erratic winds.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the fire started around 10:15 a.m. Sunday on Mount Galbraith between Clear Creek and Golden Gate canyons. The cause is unknown. Kelley says firefighters have to hike to the area to fight the flames.

U.S. 6 is closed through Clear Creek Canyon, and Golden police have made reverse 911 calls to one subdivision alerting residents to the fire. No evacuations have been ordered yet.

Kelley says the fire is pushing west, and the closest home is roughly a mile to the east.

About 50 firefighters are on the scene, and officials have requested a single-engine air tanker.

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