‘Suspicious’ Douglas County brush fire burns 14 acres

PARKER, Colo. -- Windy conditions complicated the fight against a brush fire in Parker on Thursday.

Officials with the Parker Police Department and and South Metro Fire Rescue described the fire as suspicious.

Smoke filled a residential neighborhood near South Parker Road and E-470 as crews kept busy preventing flames from reaching homes.

“I think they’re doing a really, really good job keeping [the fire] down in the valley,” onlooker Taylor Garlington said.

The flames moved quickly near Cherry Creek, where crews used fire to fight fire by burning brush to build a defense line. Firefighters said homes were never threatened.

Crews from five fire departments, supported by a helicopter, spent the afternoon fighting the blaze. The 14-acre fire was reported fully contained before 4 p.m.

“I can’t see how this would be a naturally caused wildfire,” resident Karl Newyear said.

Thursday’s brush fire originated in the same area where one was sparked on Wednesday, according to authorities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.