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JEFFERSON COUNTY -Fire crews say the Lime Gulch Fire's burning near Conifer is 100 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

It has burned 511 acres.

Effective 9 p.m. Saturday evening all evacuation orders are lifted.

On Friday, people that live in the township of Buffalo Creek and residents on Southwest Platte River Road, from County Hwy 126 at Buffalo Creek for about one mile north, returned to their homes.

Road closures remain at three points to assist firefighters in the area.

Only local residents with proper identification will be allowed past the following locations:

1. Foxton Road at Reynolds Park. (Reynolds Park will remain closed to the general public until further notice.)
2. The S.W. Platte River Road, north of Buffalo Creek.
3. The W. Platte River Road, west of Two Forks.

Residents are cautioned to be aware of the first responder trucks and equipment still in the area, and are asked to stay out of the burn areas as firefighters will be continuing mop up operations.

Power is being restored to all affected residents and it is anticipated to be completed by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.Sheriff's officials say residents should be ready to leave again if conditions change.

The fire is burning in the Pike National Forest,30 miles southwest of Denver.

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Fire crews took advantage of Thursday's lighter-than-expected winds to begin establishing containment lines to prevent the fire's spread across the South Platte River.

A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office stressed that ground crews were mainly putting out the fire Friday, not air support.

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 areawith heavy Douglas-fir trees and steep terrain.

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.

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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