KUSA - Mandatory evacuations were lifted Monday evening in a wildfire burning in the foothills of Jefferson County.
Residents in the Blue Mountain Estates were told to leave their homes when the the Glencoe Valley Fire began to spread. Reverse emergency notifications were sent out to 250 homes.
By nightfall, crews in Jefferson County reported 25 percent containment thanks to a massive response from firefighters and law enforcement. For residents in Coal Creek who evacuated, it was news they needed to hear.
"It's scary. That's the first reaction I have, because this is my home," Madalena Deandrea said.
The Glencoe Valley Fire returned feelings of uneasiness, and fear. Those living near Coal Creek had to watch as the plume got bigger Monday afternoon.
"You could hardly see the mountain behind us. The smoke was so thick," Troy Tomasko said.
Help from above came in a hurry. Fire crews could not establish a line around the fire that grew to about 6 acres, though water drops zeroed-in on the fire source.
"They've been going every five minutes," Deandrea said. "When we first saw them, I was really excited. That means they're making progress."
The drops helped control the smoke and have helped protect all homes in the fire area. There were multiple close calls but the fire has not reached any real estate.
Crews will monitor the fire overnight.
There were witness reports that a transformer blew at the time the fire started.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)