Evergreen fire 75 percent contained

11:51 AM, Apr 9, 2011   |    comments
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SLIDESHOW OF EVERGREEN FIRE

The fire in Evergreen is smaller than originally estimated. Saturday morning, Evergreen Fire Communications Officer Shane Palmer said the fire is only 15 acres in size. Three homes were directly threatened, but crews were able to protect them.

The fire was being driven by winds and is at Squaw Pass and Evergreen Parkway. Crews at that fire now have lines all the way around it and believe they have a good handle on it. It is now 70 percent contained. All roads in that area have reopened and all evacuations were lifted by 9 p.m.

Another fire burned near Maxwell Falls and another was near Turkey Creek Road and US 285.

The fire near Turkey Creek Road burned about 5 acres. No homes were burned and it is 100 percent contained.

The fire near Maxwell Falls was started by power lines and burned about 4 acres. It was threatening structures but is now out.

In Evergreen, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says they issued 271 reverse notifications for people to evacuate and 115 homes received those notifications. Authorities believe the people living in the other homes were out or at work.

Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer says officers initially went door-to-door telling residents to leave.

An evacuation center was set up at Buchanan Park Recreation Center, but all evacuations were lifted by 9 p.m. Residents were warned that they should still be ready to evacuate again if anything changed.

Five agencies responded to help fight the fire.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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