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Fireworks spark grass fires in Douglas County

The fires started shortly after three holiday fireworks shows in the area began, but it's not clear if that was the cause.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Fireworks sparked several grass fires that were all reported in less than 10 minutes Saturday night. 

The fires started shortly after three holiday fireworks shows in the area began.

According to the Douglas County government's website, the synchronized displays were near Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Parker and they were scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The fires were all reported between 7:12 p.m. and 7:19 p.m., according to South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR).

SMFR said fireworks sites at Rueter-Hess Reservoir and Griggs Road in Highlands Ranch both resulted in brush fires, which were contained and extinguished as of Saturday night. A Douglas County spokesperson also said Saturday night that the spot fires in Castle Rock were under control. 

None of the fires threatened any structures, according to both departments.

SMFR said they were already on site at both locations when they started and additional resources were called in to help. 

A spokesperson for Douglas County said they worked with the local fire departments to make sure they would be on-scene at the shows in case they were needed. 

A South Metro spokesperson said any unused fireworks after the shows were halted would be set off with fire crews present to make sure there was no potential for them to go off in the middle of the night and potentially start more fires. 

SMFR added that the fire marshal is who gives the permits to allow the fireworks show to happen, but it's up to the county to decide whether or not the show happens.

An example of that is whether or not a burn ban is in place. There are no fire restrictions in place in Douglas County as of Saturday night.

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