Green Mountain Fire: Fire is 100 percent contained, but still no cause determined

Posted at 8:24 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 20:01:15-05

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- The Green Mountain Fire is fully contained as of Tuesday afternoon after crews spent the day cleaning up hot spots in the interior of the fire.

A detailed aerial mapping of the fire Tuesday afternoon showed it burned 96 acres.

Earlier Tuesday morning, crews walked the perimeter of the fire and reported it had burned about 100 acres. Initial reports from West Metro Fire Monday night said the fire burned 300 acres.

Crews spent the night patrolling the fire perimeter.

About a dozen homes were on the east side of the fire were evacuated Monday evening. Another 3,000 homes were put on standby for evacuations. The evacuation orders were lifted around 9:30 p.m.

Twelve agencies helped fight the fire.

West Metro Fire, which led and coordinated the firefighting efforts, said 160 firefighters and 52 apparatus, including engines, brush trucks, tenders and medic units, helped Monday night.

The fire represents the drought conditions facing Colorado. "Definitely we could use the moisture.  98% of the state is abnormally dry or worse.  Last year only 17% of the state was abnormally dry or worse," said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman with the United States Forest Service.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. West Metro Fire told Denver7 there have been smaller fires in the general area recently. Investigators are still gathering evidence in those cases.

The City of Lakewood said all trailheads for William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain are closed while firefighters work.


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