JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – A small wildfire burning in Jefferson County remains 75 percent contained and did not grow Sunday.
The fire broke out Friday afternoon near Bald Mountain in the foothills west of Golden and put up so much smoke it could be seen from downtown Denver. No homes were evacuated, with the closest home being sixth-tenths of a mile away, but Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon was closed until Saturday.
The fire has so far burned 17 acres.
After a wet spring and summer, September has been warmer than usual and has seen little precipitation. The blaze sparked on a day with elevated fire danger. Humidity was low and wind gusts out of the southwest were more than 20 mph. Meteorologists said those conditions combined with dry vegetation could result in a fire spreading quickly.
There is a chance for cool, wet weather this weekend, though our 11 News meteorologists are still hammering out the details.