Evacuations Ordered As Wildfire Grows In Deer Creek Canyon

 denver.cbslocal.com  08/16/2019 02:51:56 

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Fire crews rushed to put out a wildfire burning in Jefferson County on Thursday afternoon. The fire was burning in Deer Creek Canyon.

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“We will be working throughout the night to get the fire knocked down,” said Stacee Martin with Deer Creek Canyon Fire.

On Thursday night, there were 100 firefighters on the scene.

We are working with firefighters to evacuate citizens & put out a fire near the mouth of Deer Creek Park near Grizzly and Bear Claw Drives. Fire is currently 200 by 200 feet. Call came in around 4:45 p.m. & a chopper is en route. Please avoid the area! #jeffco pic.twitter.com/xFmJ846S2P

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 15, 2019

Evacuations for the so-called Deer Creek Canyon Park Fire have been ordered near the mouth of Deer Creek Park near Grizzly and Bear Claw Drive. Evacuation orders have been sent out to 270 residences in Deer Creek Mesa and White Deer Valley.

Hours later, another evacuation order was issued, this time for 44 homes along Samson Road, Mill Hollow Road, Sunburst and Hunter’s Ridge.

There are now six fire agencies on scene fighting the #deercreekcanyonparkfire and a second evacuation order has been issued, this 1 for for Samson Rd, Mill Hollow Road, Sunburst & Hunter's Ridge. Leave the area now @efr_co pic.twitter.com/E8jaET5uxK

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 16, 2019

Evacuation orders will remain in place through Friday morning. Deputies are going door-to-door to make sure everyone knows they are under an evacuation order.

The evacuation center was established at Chatfield High School but will be relocated to the Ken Caryl Ranch House at 7676 S. Continental Divide at 7 a.m. Friday. Large animals will be evacuated to Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The CodeRed for the #DeerkCreekCanyonParkFire was sent to 284 houses. The neighborhood to the east is being evacuated as well as the park. The evacuation center is at Chatfield High School. Please avoid the area while firefighters are fighting an active scene #jeffco pic.twitter.com/KctyKw63dj

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 15, 2019

South Valley Park, Hildebrand Ranch Park and Deer Creek Canyon Park were closed due to fire.

Copter4 flew over the wildfire, which was sending up large plumes of white smoke. The flames could be seen consuming trees from Copter4. The fire was burning in rocky, rough terrain.

“The winds are pushing the fire back on itself which helps considerably,” said Martin.

Fire crews could be seen spraying the flames. Martin said air support was ordered but it couldn’t arrive before the cutoff time on Thursday night. Crews are planning aggressively for Friday in hopes of drawing a containment line around the fire.

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What caused the fire is being investigated. The fire measured 13.5 acres as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Some good news! A family of hikers in Deer Creek Park has been safely located and JCSO deputies are escorting them out. The #DeerCreekCanyonParkFire is still very active. Please continue to avoid the area pic.twitter.com/742YeHaazR

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 16, 2019

A family of hikers was located and escorted out of the fire zone. The Jefferson County Sheriff says the fire remains very active.

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If moderate to heavy smoke is visible, air quality has reached levels that are unhealthy. Know the health effects of smoke, symptoms to look for & how you can protect yourself: https://t.co/JRbdjakTEU #DeerCreekCanyonParkFire @jeffcosheriffco

— Jeffco Public Health (@JeffcoPH) August 16, 2019

Fire crews from the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District are on scene along with West Metro Fire Rescue, Deer Creek Canyon Fire and other agencies.

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