Platte River Fire in Jefferson County 50 percent contained; evacuations lifted

"High water levels and no river crossing required the Tatanka Hotshots be transported across...
"High water levels and no river crossing required the Tatanka Hotshots be transported across the South Platte River to the #PlatteRiverFire by the #WestMetroFire Swift Water Rescue Team today," the U.S. Forest Service tweeted on June 11, 2021.(USFS)
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:12 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 6:33 AM MDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Evacuations have been lifted for a 37-acre fire burning in Jefferson County as firefighters continue to gain containment.

“Yesterday, crews continued to improve fire lines surrounding the Platte River Fire and used a helicopter to drop water which cooled hot spots. Today’s numbers reflect this hard work, with containment at 50 percent. Most of this containment is in the areas north of County Road 97 and along the southern edge of the main fire, south of CR97,” the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday.

Known as the Platte River Fire, the blaze sparked Thursday afternoon on private land and rapidly spread onto United States Forest Service land, forcing evacuations. The fire is burning about 4 miles northeast of Buffalo Creek and 2 miles east of Foxton in the Ramona Gulch area. The area is southwest of Denver and close to Roxborough Park.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday evening after electric crews got power restored.

The fire remains at 37 acres Monday morning. Jefferson County Road 97 is still closed south of the junction with County Road 96 (Foxton Road).

Along with aerial resources, the firefight also took to the water -- some firefighters had to be transported via raft due to the high water levels and lack of a river crossing on the South Platte River.

The U.S. Forest Service says the portion of the fire contained is south of the river.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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