Bluebell Fire mandatory evacuation order ends; falling tree started fire

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DENVER — The mandatory evacuation order for about 140 people at the Bluebell Fire in Jefferson County was lifted Tuesday night.

The fire is 100 percent contained and firefighters will remain in the area for the next few days conducting mop up operations.

Officials also say a 48-foot tall tree fell on two power lines on Bluebell Lane, sparking the fire at about 2:00 p.m. Monday.

140 firefighters were working to extinguish the Bluebell Fire, which was estimated to be 10 acres in size. That was a new revision after officials estimated it was 25-35 acres Monday night.

Thousands who fled their homes Monday were met with some good news about the Bluebell Fire Tuesday morning, with emergency crews saying the blaze was looking far less threatening 18 hours after it began.

The mandatory evacuation orders remained in effect for people who live north of Hemlock Lane off of Brook Forest Drive. About 140 individuals were still evacuated Tuesday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

Check here for specific roads that remained evacuated.

Cooler weather helped firefighters get the wildfire contained Tuesday.

The blaze began burning on private property about a half mile west of Clear Creek County, which is approximately one mile from the Arapahoe National Forest.

Firefighters first responded to a call about the fire in the 33000 block of Bluebell Circle at about 2 p.m. Monday They immediately began structure protection.

Residents in and around Evergreen were advised that smoke would still be visible in the area as crews continued to battle the active fire within containment lines. Dry conditions in the region are doing firefighters no favors, Kelley said.

“There are big trees in their area and they are incredibly dry,” Kelley said. “They’re burning easily.”

Immediate evacuation emergency notifications went to 9,900 registered telephone numbers as the dry area went up in flames Monday. The evacuation order covered an area with a four-mile wide radius with boundaries of Hwy 285 on the south, Buffalo Park Rd. on the north, Hwy 73 on the east and the Jefferson County line on the west.

An evacuation center was established at Conifer High School in Aspen Park, but Kelley said no one used it overnight.

The evacuation order covered a wide area because officials wanted everyone who could have been affected by a fast-moving wildfire in a populated area to be able to get to safety.

The Lower North Fork Fire in March 2012 killed three people and forced hundreds of people to evacuate while flames and dense smoke surrounded them. Officials did not want a repeat of that situation.

A helicopter made water drops and a single engine air tanker also helped fight the fire. Firefighters from numerous locals agencies aided in the effort. No structures had been lost.

See official fire information here.

Send Bluebell fire photos to tips@kdvr.com.

  • Credit: Robert Sanchez

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