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Wildfire burning in Deer Creek Canyon area of JeffCo; evacuation orders issued

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Firefighters responded to a wildfire in the Deer Creek Canyon area of Jefferson County Thursday afternoon. It was reported about 4:45 p.m.

Smoke is visible from much of the metro area.

The fire is just west of Grizzly Drive in Deer Creek Canyon Park.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, an initial evacuation order was issued for 284 houses in the neighborhood east of the fire.

About 8:25 p.m., the sheriff's office said a second evacuation order was issued for Sampson Road, Mill Hollow Road, Sunburst Drive and Hunters Ridge Road.

Evacuation orders are expected to remain in place overnight. An evacuation center has been established at Chatfield High School. It will move to Ken Caryl Ranch House (7676 S. Continental Divide Rd.) starting 7 a.m. Friday.

Approximately 100 firefighters are at the scene. Crews are from several agencies, including the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, West Metro Fire Rescue and South Metro Fire Rescue.

As of about 8:40 p.m., the fire had burned 13.5 acres, according to Inter-Canyon.

Around midnight, the Inter Canyon Fire Protection District tweeted that firefighters were staying on scene overnight. No homes have been damaged and none are currently threatened.

At about 4:45 a.m. Friday morning, ICFPD sent out another tweet saying that winds in the area of the fire are picking up but temperatures are low. Firefighters plan to focus on improving the perimeter fire line and attacking hot spots within the burn area on Friday morning.

ICFPD also tweeted that hand crews will work the fire Friday morning after dawn. They will work the rough terrain, which involves hking through rocks, burning vegetation and potential snakes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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