Crews begin containment work on Hogback Fire near Morrison as calmer winds prevail

Fire suspected to have been sparked by downed power line
Posted at 9:44 AM, Apr 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-07 12:07:22-04

UPDATE | April 7 — On April 7, Matthews/Winters Park fully reopened, including trails on Dakota Ridge, following a fire.


MORRISON, Colo. — West Metro Fire said on Saturday that firefighters assigned to the Hogback Fire burning near Morrison will work on containment and mop-up efforts after pre-evacuation notices were lifted in the wind-driven fire Friday.

The 44-acre blaze was reported to be at 100% containment Monday afternoon, and all roads that were closed due to the fire were reopened, including Highway 93, Highway 26, and Rooney Road.

The fire burning on the hogback in the area of Interstate 70 and C-470 in Jefferson County was first reported around 2:30 p.m. Friday and is suspected to have been sparked by a downed power line.

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Fighting powerful winds — some as strong as 90 mph in Jefferson County — crews worked to get a handle on the fast-moving fire as officials issued pre-evacuation notices to residents in the town of Morrison, the Solterra subdivision of Lakewood and the Red Rock Ranch neighborhood. Those notices have since been canceled.

No structure loss or injuries have been reported. However, the fire forced the closure of Highway 93 and the cancelation of a scheduled concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.

West Metro Fire said on Saturday that area residents may see small pockets of smoke within the perimeter of the fire as crews continue mop-up efforts. They said this is normal for a wildland fire.

Winds across the Front Range will not be as strong Saturday as they were when the fire broke out. Expect calmer winds and mostly sunny skies across the Denver area Saturday, with pleasant, spring-like conditions in the mountains.

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