JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County has prompted a level-3 evacuation - leave immediately - for residents in a three-mile radius of South Foxton and River roads in Jefferson County.
Residents of the Spring Creek subdivision were put on a level-1 evacuation notice, which means residents must be ready to evacuate.
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An evacuation center has been set up at Evergreen High School, located at 29300 Buffalo Park Road in Evergreen.
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The fire, burning in the Pike National Forest, is estimated to be at 500 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
A Type 3 Management Team has been mobilized and is managing this wildfire.
The fire started Tuesday evening, possibly by lightning. The JeffCo Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of heavy smoke in the area Wednesday afternoon.
Air support was dispatched and call out for type-3 and type-6 engines from all JeffCo fire districts was issued. Air tankers were over the fire within an hour dropping slurry.
The Lime Gulch Fire, originally named the Chair Creek Fire, is burning in an area with heavy Douglas-fir trees and steep terrain. Wind gusts were reaching 24 mph and humidity was at 12 percent during the afternoon.
Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said it's small but it's a concern because the flame lengths are high and it's headed toward a ridge.
There are more than 400 phone numbers in the evacuation area, according to Jeffco authorities.
Evacuated large animals should go to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Small animals are to be taken to Foothills Animals Shelter.
The South Platte Ranger District of the Pike National Forest is managing the Lime Gulch wildfire along with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department and cooperators.
This is a developing story. Check back for more information.
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