DENVER –Most people will be allowed to return home Monday night who were evacuated because of the Bluebell Fire burning near Evergreen.
The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for people who live in about 100 homes that were threatened by the wildfire Monday afternoon.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says everyone else needs to be ready to leave again in case fire conditions change.
Firefighters first responded to a call of a fire in the 33000 block of Bluebell Cir. at about 2:00 p.m. They immediately began structure protection.
Immediate evacuation emergency notifications went to 9,900 registered telephone numbers. 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.
Brook Forest Estates in the southeastern corner of Clear Creek County also received emergency notification to evacuate.
An evacuation center was established at Conifer High School in Aspen Park. Dozens of residents showed up at the school and awaited information from officials.
The evacuation order covered a wide area because officials wanted everyone who could’ve been affected by a fast-moving wildfire in a populated area to be able 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.
The fire had grown to four acres by 6 p.m. A helicopter made water drops and a single engine air tanker also helped fight the fire. Firefighters from numerous agencies arrived and no structures had been lost.
There was no containment Monday evening as crews focused on structure protection.
Officials asked residents to evacuate large animals to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and small animals to Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden if needed.
Winds were expected to diminish in the area late Monday night and temperatures were forecast to be significantly cooler Tuesday. There was also a chance of rain in Tuesday’s forecast.
See official fire information here.
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Map: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office