JEFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An immediate evacuation is underway in Jefferson County for a wildfire reported west of Roxborough State Park. The Platte River Fire was first reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 17000 block of West Platte River Road.
Platte River Fire (credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Crews have contacted 25 homes for the evacuation, which includes two square miles near South Foxton Road and West Platte River Road. Evacuees need to check in at the evacuation center set up at Conifer High School but they do not need to stay there. Residents can bring large animals such as horses to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Platte River fire update. Notification area for immediate pic.twitter.com/o9952CF8KV
— Jeffcom911co (@jeffcom911co) June 10, 2021
The North Fork Trail at Reynolds Park is closed until further notice. People who live in the area can sign up for text alerts about the fire and evacuations through the CodeRED app. Updates on the fire will be posted at this link .
The fire appears to have started from a downed power line, according to Jeffco officials. Officials say the fire is 0% contained and estimated to be 31 acres with several spot fires reported on both sides of the North Fork South Platte River.
— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) June 11, 2021
A Type 2 Helicopter, two airtankers and 1 Air Attack responded to the to fire on Thursday afternoon. The smoke plume from the fire could be seen from several miles away.
Temperatures on Thursday afternoon in the Denver metro area were in the mid-90s, and skies above the city are already hazy due to smoke drifting in from out-of-state wildfires .
Fire danger isn't listed as high for Colorado's Front Range Thursday, but for western Colorado there's a Red Flag Warning in effect.
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