9:22am

Thu June 20, 2013
Wildfires

Lime Gulch Fire Continues To Burn In Jefferson County [Updated]

A Type 2 management team is attempting to get a handle on a 600-acre wildfire burning in remote territory in southern Jefferson County.

3 p.m. Fire officials estimate the size has grown from 500 to 600 acres. A more accurate assessment is expected tonight when officials conduct aerial infrared mapping. There are about 225 firefighters battling the blaze. From the air, 2 military C-130 planes with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems are dropping fire retardant. Heavy civilian air tankers and heavy helicopters are also working from the air. These aerial resources are key because the fire is burning in rugged terrain. Evacuations remain in place.

There are several road closures in place for Lime Gulch. Click here for the complete list.

12 p.m. Evacuations remain in effect. There are several road closures in place for the Lime Gulch Fire.

The cause of the fire is believed to be connected to thunderstorms that moved through the area Tuesday night.

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9 a.m. The Lime Gulch Fire, formerly called the Chair Rock Fire, prompted the evacuation of about 100 people Wednesday afternoon. The evacuation area was a three-mile radius around Cathedral Spires, near South Foxton Road and West Platte River Road.

At a news conference last night Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said that no structures have been threatened and all residents have been accounted for.

The fire is believed to have been caused by lightening.

Due to firefighting efforts Denver Water is Waterton Canyon Thursday.

The next update is expected at 12 p.m.