Small wildfire burning in Ken Caryl valley foothills

A small wildfire burned Sunday in the foothills southwest of Denver, according to West Metro Fire Rescue.

The about six-acre West Ranch fire was burning in the foothills west of the Ken Caryl Valley Sunday afternoon, the fire agency said. The closest subdivision, called West Ranch, is about a half-mile from the fire, said Dan Hatlestad, battalion chief for Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District.

The subdivision was not threatened by the blaze Sunday evening, and no evacuation or pre-evacuations were in place, Hatlestad said. Any such orders would go out through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, he added.

Firefighters were forced to hike into steep and rocky terrain to reach the fire, Hatlestad said. The blaze was driven by wind and was moving slowly through brush.

“There are isolated pockets of pines in that area, and those are at times flaring up, but within the fire perimeter,” he said.

About 30 firefighters responded from Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, Elk Creek Fire Protection District, Indian Hills Fire Rescue and West Metro. Crews will remain at the scene all night as they work to contain the fire, Hatlestad said.

He did not have an estimate Sunday evening as to how much of the fire was contained.

 

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