Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
A wildfire in southern Jefferson County is now 90% contained. The fire remains at 511 acres but officials say they hope to have the fire at full containment Sunday evening, June 23.
Previously named the Chair Rock Fire, the fire is now being called the Lime Gulch Fire. The fire is in the Buffalo Creek area northeast of the town of Pine and south of Conifer.
As of 9 p.m. Saturday, all evacuation orders for the Lime Gulch Fire were lifted. Local residents have been allowed to return home.
Power to all affected residents is expected to be restored Sunday morning.
Road closures will remain at three locations until further notice to assist firefighters that are still engaged in monitoring the fire. Only local residents who can show proper identification will be allowed through the following road closures:
Reynolds Park and Waterton Canyon will remain closed until further notice.
There was a quick aerial attack on the fire on Wednesday - with slurry drops by C-130s and helicopter water drops. More air support was ordered for and a Type II incident command team took over at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20.
The original report about the fire apparently came in on Tuesday night, but it didn’t flare up until early Wednesday afternoon.
Winds shifted to the southwest on Wednesday morning, bringing in drier air from the desert southwest to the Front Range. This caused fire danger to dramatically increase.
Command of the fire will be transitioned back to local fire-fighters on Monday at 6 a.m. and a Type 3 organization will continue to monitor the fire.
Most of the fire was on National Forest System lands, a total of 366 acres, and only 154 acres of private land were consumed by the fire.