Series of recent fires on Green Mountain deemed ‘suspicious’

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A series of fires on Green Mountain in the past month appear to be suspicious, West Metro Fire Rescue said Thursday.

On Monday night, a fire burned 96 acres and several people were evacuated as winds and dry grasses fueled it. A large plume of smoke was sent into the air that was seen through much of the west Denver metro area.

There were five fires in November on Green Mountain. All but one were an acre or less in size.

West Metro Fire said a multiagency fire and law enforcement team is gathering evidence into the five fires.

No structures have been burned and only one person has been injured, officials said. But dry conditions and gusty winds have raised concerns that there could be more fires.

Two days after the fire, a campfire ring was seen on the mountain and it could have been the source of Monday's fire.

Anyone with information, or who has seen suspicious activity on the trails or in Green Mountain Park are asked to call West Metro Fire at 303-987-7111.