Firefighters save homes and gain full containment of fire near Highlands Ranch
A more than 450-acre fire that forced evacuations in Douglas County was fully contained Monday evening.
The brush fire started mid-Monday morning south of Highlands Ranch and exploded in size, growing from a reported 10 acres at 10:45 a.m. to 267 acres by 12:30 p.m. At about 3 p.m. the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was reporting the blaze stood at 456 acres. At about 5 p.m. the fire was fully contained at about 460 acres. The fire was threatening structures and a mandatory evacuation was issued at one point for the BackCountry subdivision on the south side of Highlands Ranch and area trails.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost.
The cause of the fire is believed to be an "electrical malfunction on a power pole."