Sat June 22, 2013

Lime Gulch Fire Near Full Containment [Updated]

The Lime Gulch Fire burning southwest of Denver, and just south of Conifer, has burned 511 acres and is nearly fully contained.

Update 7:30 a.m. 06/24/13: Fire officials report the Lime Gulch Fire near Conifer is now 100 percent contained.

Update 1:10 p.m. 06/23/2013 - Holding steady at 511 acres burned, the Lime Gulch Fire is now 90 percent contained fire officials announced Sunday. Full containment is expected by midnight Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, all evacuation orders were lifted and residents were warned that fire vehicles and equipment are still operating in the area as firefighters will still be mopping up the burn. Control of the fire zone will fall back to local officials Monday.

The Lime Gulch Fire is one among the many fires currently burning in Colorado. Lightning was the cause of the blaze which started overnight Tuesday, June 18.

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The fire is currently 511 acres in size. Officials say the fire grew along the north east perimeter, in the direction of the metro area.

In a noon press conference officials said the 10 spot fires that jumped the South Platte River yesterday were quickly extinguished and that they are a normal occurrence in wildfires.

Yesterday crews set up a shuttle across the South Platte River to provide access for crews to begin line construction along the eastern portion of the fire. Today crews will continue to mop up the fire.

Officials said that blaze was caused by lightning.

The Lime Gulch fire is one of 12 wildfires currently burning in the state. Photograph from June 21.
The Lime Gulch fire is one of 12 wildfires currently burning in the state. Photograph from June 21.
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The following road closure changes went into effect at 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013:

  • The township of Buffalo Creek will be opened to residents only.
  • Southwest Platte River Road will be opened to residents only from County Hwy 126 at Buffalo Creek or about one (1) mile north.
  • Southwest Platte River Road and W. Platte River Road remain closed to all traffic.
  • Foxton Road south of Hwy 285 remains closed to local traffic only to Reynolds Park (Reynolds Park is closed.)
  • Foxton Road south of Reynolds Park remains closed to all traffic.
  • Highway 67 north of Deckers will be opened to Nighthawk Campground. Highway 67 remains closed north of Nighthawk Campground.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a 24-hour wildfire smoke health advisory for most of south-central Colorado. They are urging residents to stay indoors if smoke is thick, saying that the very young, elderly and anyone with respiratory problems are particularly susceptible to particulates.