DENVER — Crews responded to a brush fire burning near Mt. Lindo off US 285 in Jefferson County Tusday afternoon.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted door-to-door evacuations of homes in the area. Sixty homes in willow springs were put on pre-evacuation notice around 4 p.m., and one home near the top of the ridge was evacuated, West Metro Fire said.
No structures are immediately threatened. The fire was about one acre in size and 25% contained as of 7:30 p.m. Officials have dubbed the fire the Snow Creek Fire.
Belleview Ave. and Willow Springs Drive are closed, as is Mt. Lindo Park to S. Turkey Street.
The fire was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and is burning on the south side of the highway.
Two helicopters were at the scene performing water drops as of 5:20 p.m., and two single-engine air tankers were starting to perform drops, West Metro Fire said.
First SEAT retardant drop on the fire. Strategy is to keep the fire to the size it is now- 2 acres. Wind has died down a bit, which is helping firefighters. #SnowCreek Fire. pic.twitter.com/rlbssESGpZ— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) July 12, 2022
They were working with ground crews, who were on both sides of the fire as of 5:20 p.m. working to put in fire lines to get the wildfire contained.
Specific details on the exact cause weren’t immediately available. An evacuation center at Bear Creek High School that had opened up was closed around 5:40 p.m.
Crews will work until dark and then monitor the fire overnight, according to West Metro Fire.
This is a developing story and will be updated.