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Crews working to mop up wildfire that forced evacuations in Jefferson County

The first has burned 37 acres in the Ramona Gulch area, and firefighters were working to protect structures.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Crews planned to continue moping up a wildfire on Saturday that forced evacuations in Jefferson County three days ago.

The Platte River Fire was first reported on Thursday afternoon. As of Saturday morning, the wildfire was 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, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 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.

JCSO said the main goal of crews working Friday is the safety of all structures, and that evacuations will be lifted once it is determined to be safe enough.

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. Anyone who has evacuated and needs assistance can call dispatch at 303-271-0211.

 Large animals can be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

As of Thursday night, JCSO said no structures had been lost or threatened.

Credit: Jordan Ridgeley

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