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Evacuations lifted for Platte River Fire

The fire was first reported on Thursday, and has burned 37 acres in the Dome Rock/Ramona Gulch area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) lifted evacuations for the Platte River Fire, Sunday evening.

Platte River Road remained closed between Foxton Road and the Douglas County line, except to local residents, JCSO said.

Fire crews planned to continue mopping up the wildfire that originally forced the evacuations in Jefferson County three days ago.

The Platte River Fire was first reported on Thursday afternoon. As of Sunday, the wildfire remained at 37 acres, burning in the Dome Rock/Ramona Gulch area off of West Platte River Road, according to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). This is about 12 drive miles south of Conifer and about five driving miles east-southeast of Foxton.

Residents in a two square mile area of South Foxton Road and West Platte River Road were evacuated Thursday. A total of 25 homes were affected, according to JCSO.

USFS said that on Saturday, crews on the north side of the fire will do mop-up around structures. On the south side of the fire, the Tatanka Hotshots will cross the South Platte River on a raft with help from the West Metro Fire Rescue Swift Water Rescue Team, to where the fire was held along the perimeter due to scattered fuels and decomposed granite.

Credit: U.S. Forest Service
The West Metro Fire Rescue Swift Water Rescue Team gets fire crews across the South Platte River to fight the Platte River Fire.

Much of the work that remains was on the east side of the fire, USFS said.

JSCO said the fire is believed to have sparked from a downed power line.

A shelter was open for evacuees at Conifer High School but no one checked and as a result, it was closed, according to JCSO.

Credit: Jordan Ridgeley

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