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Green Mountain fire burns 300 acres, is 90 percent contained; evacuations lifted

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Multiple crews from the metro area helped contain a large wildfire that burned on Green Mountain on Monday night.

The fire broke out about 5:30 p.m. Heavy winds helped it move east and grow to 300 acres by 6:45 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., crews had the fire 90 percent contained.

West Metro Fire said it evacuated 12 homes on South Deframe Way, West Exposition Drive and South Devinney Way while crews were working the fire. Evacuated residents went to Creighton Middle School.

Officials lifted the evacuations about 9:40 p.m.

Multiple fire crews from around the area, including Castle Rock and Denver, assisted West Metro Fire.

When the fire started, wind gusts in the area were up to 28 mph. The gusts slowed, helping crews get a better handle on the fire.

The fire could been seen for miles in the night sky.

Crews will be on scene throughout the night and on Tuesday to monitor the area.

It is unknown how the fire started.