DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) said a grass fire in Douglas County is now 100% contained.
SMFR tweeted at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday that crews were responding to a large, fast-moving fire on the east side of North Santa Fe Drive (U.S. 85) near North Chatfield Drive in Douglas County.
Fire officials estimated the fire was around 10 acres, and said structures were being threatened, according to SMFR.
SMFR said at 11:14 a.m. that crews were making progress on containing the fire, and that structure protection was in place for one home.
At 11:56 a.m., SMFR said the fire was 100% contained, and that crews would remain at the scene throughout Tuesday extinguishing hot spots.
SMFR said the fire started at the northeast corner of U.S. 85 and Chatridge Court, southeast of Chatfield State Park. It burned a total of 24 acres. Investigators were unable to determine the cause.
Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said at 11:10 a.m. that Highway 85 was closed in both directions between Titan Road and Chatridge Road. The highway has since reopened.
SMFR said the fire was completely extinguished by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Infrared flights and firefighters on the ground found no hot spots remaining.
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