Some evacuations ordered as Platte River Fire grows in Jefferson County

Forest Service says fire was 31.9 acres as of 8 a.m. Friday
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Posted at 4:54 PM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 16:37:01-04

DENVER – A wildfire burning in the Ramona Gulch area in Jefferson County led to some evacuations as firefighters worked to contain the flames Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

The Platte River Fire is currently burning in the Dome Rock/Ramona Gulch area and residents between the hotel and Dome Rock were evacuated as a precaution, according to Jefferson County officials.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said 2 square miles near S. Foxton Road and W. Platte River Road have been evacuated. The fire had grown to 31.9 acres Friday morning. It is 0% contained.

No structures have been lost. Seventy firefighters were working at the fire Friday morning, and the U.S. Forest Service said air resources would active through the day.

Jefferson County spokesperson Jennifer Fulton said the fire is thought to be caused by a tree that blew into a power line and sparked a fire. She said out of the 25 homes contacted, 14 were occupied and the others were vacant.

On Friday afternoon, the evacuation center at Conifer High School was shut down because none of the people who evacuated showed up there. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said any evacuees who need anything can call dispatch at 303-271-0211.

Large animals can be brought to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The plume of smoke from the fire could be seen by residents near Roxborough, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.

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A fire area map of the Platte River Fire as of 5 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Fire suppression resources from the U.S. Forest Service, the North Fork Fire Department, a Type 2 helicopter, a type 1 helicopter, two airtankers, two handcrews, and one air attack craft are responding to the scene, which is located about 4.25 miles northeast of Buffalo Creek and about two miles east of Foxton.

This is a developing breaking news story and will be updated.