LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire broke out on Sunday afternoon in dry and windy conditions in Lakewood on Sunday afternoon and some evacuations were ordered. The Morrison Road Fire burned approximately 100 acres and just after 4 p.m. authorities said the fire was mostly out. It appears to have damaged the Fox Hollow Golf Course heavily.
Investigators say the fire appears to be human caused. They are asking drivers who were on Morrison Road around 1:30 p.m. who saw the fire on the south side of the road to call dispatch at (303) 980-7300.
“A lot of people think there’s a fire season in Colorado. Actually, there is not a fire season in Colorado, we just have to have the right conditions for a fire. Conditions today were prime for a fire like this,” said Ronda Scholting, West Metro Fire Public Information Officer.
The fire burned on the golf course and near Bear Creek Lake Park, and residential areas that had to be evacuated were in the Fox Hollow and Homestead neighborhoods. That evacuation ordered remained in place after 4 p.m. and evacuees were being instructed to head to Bear Creek High School for updates on the situation from officials.
Majority of the #MorrisonRoadFire is out, crews are still working hotspots in drainages. There is structure protection in place, however no structures are currently threatened. Evacuation is still in place for the Fox Hollow and Homestead neighborhoods. pic.twitter.com/jRWo9ScUjh
— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) February 7, 2021
Scholting said evacuations will remain in place through the evening as crews monitor wind and hot spots. As of 5:30 p.m. no structures were threatened.
The fire put up a large plume of smoke that could be seen from many parts of the Denver metro area. No firefighters were injured and no homes were damaged, officials said.
It’s not cleared how the fire started. The Denver metro area, especially the foothills, has experienced strong winds for much of the weekend including Sunday as the fire started.
— Chris Spears (@ChrisCBS4) February 7, 2021
CBS4 Meteorologist Chris Spears says approximate wind speed in the area is between 35 and 50 mph.
“When you look at the potential for what this fire could have done, I think it was a very successful day,” said Scholting.
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