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Arvada grass fire under control, evacuations lifted

The fire reported in the area of West 86th Avenue and Fenton Street burned fences and sheds, Arvada Fire Rescue said.

ARVADA, Colo. — A grass fire in Arvada that prompted house-to-house evacuations in the area of West 86th Avenue and Fenton Street is now under control, according to a tweet from the Arvada Police Department (APD).

APD said in a tweet just after 1 p.m. that evacuations had also been lifted. The grass fire burned an area about 100 yards in length near railroad tracks, according to Arvada Fire Rescue.  Fences and sheds were damaged, AFR said.

“Our fence was gone, and there was a little bit of smoldering left," said Afton Unruh, who lives on 86th Avenue.

Unruh rushed home to check on her dogs after getting an emergency alert. She arrived to see firefighters putting out hotspots near her backyard.

“Thank you to them for saving our house," she said.

Unruh and several neighbors also grabbed their own hoses and sprayed water on the smoldering grass. Fire crews were able to keep the grass fire from spreading to homes. 

"We are lucky," Unruh said. "Luckier than some have been in the last year, so we’re very grateful for that.”

Evacuations were being conducted earlier from 84th Avenue north to 86th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard west to Gray Court as the fire moved east.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, AFR said.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday due to gusty winds up to 45-50 mph, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). There is also low humidity near 15%.

Wind gusts are expected to continue into Saturday morning as the low pressure system pushes east, NWS said.

Credit: KUSA

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