Fire forces evacuations of homes, golf courses

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/8/21

High winds and dry grass led to evacuations in and around Bear Creek Park in Lakewood on Feb. 7. Fire investigators with West Metro Fire aren't sure whether it was intentional, or accidental, but …

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Fire forces evacuations of homes, golf courses

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High winds and dry grass led to evacuations in and around Bear Creek Park in Lakewood on Feb. 7.

Fire investigators with West Metro Fire aren’t sure whether it was intentional, or accidental, but they say the wind-driven grass fire near Morrison Road and Bear Creek Boulevard which burned an estimated 535 acres has been ruled man-made.

Anyone with information can contact West Metro Fire at 303-539-9531.

The Morrison Road fire started before 2 p.m.  and forced the evacuations of the nearby Fox Hollow Golf Course, the clubhouse at Homestead Golf Course and nearby homes. The zone extended from Morrison Road to Hampden Avenue and from C-470 to Kipling Street. The evacuation center for people and their pets was Bear Creek High School.

The smoke from the blaze was visible from across much of the surrounding residential areas. 

An employee of a nearby ice rink said employees had to close the windows of the facility because of the smoke and described the scene as “apocalyptic.” Winds gusted as high as 45 mph at times. The National Weather Service posted a high-wind warning through 5 p.m. Feb. 7. 

The fire caused no reported injuries. Flames were as high as 40 feet in places. Mop-up operations and the removal of damaged cottonwood trees in the burn area continued Monday.

Crews from the West Metro fire district as well as the Fairmount Protection District, Elk Creek Fire, Aurora, Arvada and Golden districts were on scene, totalling at least 19 engines and 110 firefighters according to West Metro Fire. Aerial support wasn’t be available because of the windy conditions, according to fire officials.

 

 

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