JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Families from eight homes and businesses that were evacuated due to a brush fire burning along Highway 285 near Turkey Creek Road Wednesday afternoon were able to return by nightfall, authorities said.
The North Turkey Creek Fire burned eight acres just a few miles from where a fire broke out in early February. The highway was initially closed in both directions at the intersection with Turkey Creek Road. All lanes have since reopened.
Evacuees were being directed to West Jefferson Middle School but the school was not evacuated.
Deputies said one outbuilding and two cars were destroyed in the fire.
Witness Joel Fisher snapped this pic of flames moving downhill towards a house when the North Turkey Creek Fire started. pic.twitter.com/sbiUp3jkGx
— Cory Reppenhagen (@CRepp7News) March 22, 2017
Firefighters managed to get the upper hand on a small fire earlier in the day along Deer Creek Canyon Road.
Sheriff’s deputies said that fire was 100 percent contained as of 12:30 p.m.
The fire destroyed a cabin and was burning in an area with heavy brush and trees, deputies said. There were no reports of injuries.
The cause of both fires is under investigation.