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Fire crews plan to work on Range 5 Fire hot spots into Saturday

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. --Fire crews and law enforcement officers planned to be on the scene of a wildfire near Highlands Ranch overnight Friday into Saturday.

150 personnel responded to protect residents from the Range 5 Fire Friday evening.

A law enforcement source told FOX31 NEWS the fire may have started at the firing range at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Center at 6001 Ron King Trail. The source said that's where the first report of a fire came from shortly before 6 p.m.

A pre-evacuation notice for residents was canceled Friday night.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office sent the notices to people who live in the area south of Wildcat Reserve Parkway from Broadway to Griggs Road in Highlands Ranch.

South Metro Fire Rescue said the Range 5 Fire grew to about 50 acres in size Friday night. It was not known how the fire started.

There were at least 50 units working on the fire from several agencies.

The fire was burning in an open area that included brush and trees. Some of the terrain was steep.

Firefighters were also battling windy, dry conditions along with a limited water supply when the fire first started. Fortunately, rain had moved into the area by late Friday night.

A helicopter was seen making water drops on the flames.

Smoke was visible from all over southwest metro Denver, including from C470 and Santa Fe Drive.