Firefighters are battling a wildfire southeast of Chatfield State Park where high winds and dry vegetation are creating “dangerous firefighting conditions.”
The BackCountry subdivision and the nearby Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation are being evacuated, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The evacuation is mandatory.
South Metro Fire Rescue responded to what’s being called the Chatridge 2 fire about 10 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Chatridge Court and U.S. 85 in unincorporated Douglas County.
Firefighters protected two homes in the area and are using helicopters to dump water on the fire.
By 10:43 a.m. the fire was covered at least 10 acres and was spreading rapidly, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.
People evacuating the Backcountry subdivision can go to ThunderRidge High School, 1991 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, in Highlands Ranch, and remain in their cars, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
SMFR crews are aggressively attacking the fire on the ground and a helicopter just made its first water drop. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/VlC1nAlHZw
— South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) June 29, 2020