Fireworks-caused fire in Greenwood Village prompts evacuations

A grassfire that threatened homes in Greenwood Village prompts reminder: leave fireworks displays to the professionals.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE - A wildland fire that started burning near Orchard Road Wednesday afternoon prompted some evacuations and closures before it was brought under control, according to South Metro Fire.

The blaze was in the area of Orchard and South Clarkson Street, according to the city of Greenwood Village.

Orchard closed west of University Boulevard due to the firefighting efforts.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area near Rollin D. Barnard Equestrian Park.

South Metro Fire says the fire threatened homes, and the evacuations were out of an abundance of caution.

Ultimately, no structures were damaged.

Juveniles playing with fireworks were responsible for starting the blaze, South Metro Fire said. 

"We've said it before ... This is 100 percent preventable," South Metro tweeted. 

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