ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A grass fire at Cherry Creek State Park forced evacuations Sunday.
According to South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), homes in the immediate area west of Parker Road were under an evacuation order. It has since been lifted.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the fire is burning in a “wetlands area” of the park.
At 7:15 p.m., CPW said the fire was growing toward the northwest and approaching the reservoir’s shoreline.
About 8:30 p.m., South Metro said no structures had been damaged.
Crews are dealing with shifting winds and bitter cold temperatures; wind chill reading were at 0 degrees as of about 8:45 p.m. Light snow is falling in the area.
South Metro said the easternmost part of the fire — which is the portion closest to homes — is controlled.
At 8 a.m. Monday, South Metro said the fire is not currently growing larger. The big challenge today will be a Red Flag warning – with wind & dry conditions. Residents nearby should expect to see smoke as fire suppression continues.
CPW said the road will remain closed behind the east entrance station all the way to the shooting range on Monday to help South Metro as they continue to work on the fire mop-up/perimeter containment.
The fire’s size is estimated at between 100 and 150 acres.
The fire is separate from one on the west side of the metro area that also forced evacuations on Sunday.
Video captured by SMFR shows the intensity and rapid movement of the fire near homes on S. Abilene Circle.