Very high fire danger led to fast-moving blaze near Highlands Ranch

  • Source: KDVR-TV Fox 31 Denver
  • Published: 06/29/2020 08:32 PM

VIDEO: Monday’s backcountry fire in Douglas County started just east of Highway 85 on the southern edge of Highlands Ranch. The flames moved northeast toward a subdivision of more than 900 homes. An electrical malfunction on a power pole is believed to be the cause of the fire, officials said. Eight aircraft were used to protect the homes from damage and destruction. “Conditions, today, are considered in the very high category,” said South Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson Eric Hurst. Dry brush and gusty winds produced the fast-moving fire that advanced up hills and scarred 461 acres. “With the wind that we were dealing with, it had a neighborhood right in its path,” Hurst said. “We wanted to take that [evacuation] action early and give people a chance to leave.” The fire was fully contained by late afternoon. Residents were allowed to return to their homes by early evening.


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