JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – The Bald Mountain Fire in western Jefferson County was down to 17 acres and the closed portion of U.S. 6 was re-opened by Saturday afternoon, according to the sheriff's office. The fire was about 75% contained as of 7 p.m.
The fire broke out about 3 p.m. Friday off U.S. 6, west of Golden in an area between Clear Creek Canyon Park and Genesee Park. U.S. 6 was shut down between Highway 93 and Highway 119.
The neighborhood to the north of Ralston Elementary School was issued pre-evacuation alerts just before 6 p.m., but no mandatory or voluntary evacuations have been issued, Taplin said.
Conditions were more favorable Saturday, with cooler temperatures and wind only expected to be about 6-9 mph. But crews were still evaluating the terrain to ensure hotspots wouldn't flare up.
Firefighters from Genesee, Foothills, Intercanyon Fire Protection District, Golden and Clear Creek County were responding to the fire.