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Brush fires keep crews busy across the Front Range Wednesday afternoon

Fires on US 285 and Thornton/Northglenn area
Posted at 1:47 PM, Feb 08, 2017

MORRISON, Colo. — A warm winter day coupled with whipping winds created the perfect conditions for brush fires across the Front Range.

Firefighters responded to a rapidly growing fire just after 1 p.m. near Morrison on Wednesday.

Authorities say the fire's rapid growth near South Turkey Creek on Highway 285 led to the immediate closure of the route. 

Roads were back open at around 3:02 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office officials said. 

The fire prompted the evacuation of homes in the area near well-known Arrowhead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Evacuation orders were lifted at around 4:45 p.m.

The fire was 100 percent contained before 6 p.m.  The cause of the Arrowhead Fire is under investigation, said Michael Davis, a spokesperson for the Elk Creek Fire Department. 

Another brush fire near Denver International Airport

Authorities reported a second brush fire near Denver International Airport at around 2:30 p.m.

The fire was reported to be in the area of Peña Boulevard and 64th Avenue near the University of Colorado A-Line. No injuries were reported and the train was running on schedule. 

The fire was out at around 3:21 p.m., Denver Fire officials said. The fire was estimated to be ten acres in size. 

A cause of the fire will not be determined as it did not damage any property, according to a Denver Fire spokesperson. 

Brush fire in Northglenn/Thornton area

A third brush fire was reported off at Thornton Parkway and Conifer Road, North Metro Fire Rescue officials said a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday

Roads were closed at Thornton Parkway between Grant and Conifer, the Thornton Fire Department said. Traffic on southbound I-25 was also disrupted near 104th due to the brush fire, but city officials said traffic was moving again at around 4 p.m.

The on- and off-ramp at southbound I-25 and Thornton Parkway reopened at around 4:19 p.m., according to Thornton Fire Department officials. 

The cause of the fire was believed to be from sparklers, a North Metro Fire Rescue officials said. 

Thornton Fire officials estimated the fire to be approximately five acres in size.

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