An aggressive brush fire burning near Parker was fully contained after about 2 hours of air drops on Thursday afternoon.
South Metro Fire says the blaze sparked off East Pine Lane between Parker and Jordan roads south of E-470. Firefighters say the fire moved quickly, but no evacuations were ordered. The fire burned 14 acres.
They are calling the fire human caused and suspicious. Both Parker Police and South Metro Fire are investigating.
Nearby Global Village Academy was placed on lockout and has since been cleared for parent pickup.
#Ponderosafire now 100% contained. Excellent news but a lot of difficult work still has to be done. Updates to follow.— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) April 13, 2017
The two-alarm fire impacted traffic in the area. Parker Police say Pine is closed from Wintergreen to 20 Mile due to the firefighting efforts. People are told to avoid the area.
Firefighters ordered a helicopter to make a direct attack due to “extreme fire behavior.” Parker Police said it was too dangerous for firefighters to battle the blaze on foot.
No homes were threatened.
South Metro Fire said the fire was displaying "extreme" behavior, and that it was one wind gust away from serious dangerous.
This is the extreme fire behavior firefighters are battling. One wind gust away serious danger. The fight continues... pic.twitter.com/mWTCPSW7qg— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) April 13, 2017
The helicopter was seen making water drops amid a large plume of smoke that was visible for miles.
Helicopter on scene making water drops. pic.twitter.com/5R9cFq4QYn— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) April 13, 2017