JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): Jeffco Sheriff has lifted all evacuations and pre-evacuations due to the Platte River Fire, effective 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Residents may return to their homes but Platte River Road remains closed between Foxton Road and the Douglas County line. Only local residents will be allowed to travel.
UPDATE (2:38 p.m.): Spot fires on the north side of the Platte River are mopped up and cold. The fire on the south side remains at 50% containment.
Intermountain Rural Electric Association is working to restore power. The evacuation order can not be lifted until power is fully restored. The estimated time for lifting the evacuation order is early Monday.
Access in the area is only allowed to residents.
Lead on the fire is estimated to transition back to the Forest and Type 4 command on Tuesday, June 15.
ORIGINAL: Officials say the Platte River Fire burning in Jefferson County is now 50% contained thanks to the hard work of firefighters.
Crews continue to work Sunday to improve fire lines, secure the fire’s edge and halt fire growth. Emphasis is placed on patrolling, monitoring and holding the control efforts of the previous two days.
Authorities have been using several resources to fight the fire, including a swift water rescue team and helicopter.
Evacuations are still in place, but the evacuation center at Conifer High School has closed.
On Saturday, crews continued to improve fire lines surrounding the Platte River Fire and used a helicopter to drop water, which cooled hotspots. Most of this containment is in the areas north of County Road 97 and along the southern edge of the main fire, south of CR97.
As crews begin to return to their home units, approximately 34 personnel will remain on the fire line.