Firefighters are battling a 267-acre wildfire southeast of Chatfield State Park where high winds and dry vegetation are creating “dangerous firefighting conditions.”
The BackCountry subdivision and the nearby Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation are being evacuated, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The evacuation is mandatory.
South Metro Fire Rescue responded to what’s being called the Chatridge 2 fire around 10 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Chatridge Court and U.S. 85 in unincorporated Douglas County.
By 12:20 p.m., the fire had grown to at least 267 acres and was 60% contained. The fire presents a moderate risk for forward spread, according to firefighters.
Firefighters protected two homes in the area and are using helicopters to dump water on the fire. At least six airplanes also responded to the fire.
People evacuating the Backcountry subdivision can go to ThunderRidge High School, 1991 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, in Highlands Ranch, and remain in their cars, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
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