Snow Creek Fire now 75% contained; lightning 'most likely' to have ignited blaze, officials say

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-13 19:20:40-04

DENVER – West Metro Fire Rescue officials said not much was left of the Snow Creek Fire burning in Jefferson County as containment grew to 75% by late Wednesday afternoon.

The fire, which was first reported at around 3:15 p.m., is burning near Mt. Lindo off US 285, on the south side of the highway.

“The report from crews on the fireline indicates there's not much left of the #snowcreekfire,” West Metro Fire Rescue officials said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

A helicopter from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is helping firefighters on the ground as they work on building a perimeter and continue containment of the blaze, officials said.

Crews were working their way around the fire, digging line, clearing out debris, checking for hotspots and cutting down burned vegetation, officials wrote. They'll be back Thursday to finishing mopping up.

"There may be some areas of heat left on the ridge, but you should not see any concentrated areas of smoke," West Metro Fire said in a tweet. "A good day’s work."

Deputies conducted door-to-door evacuations of homes in the area Tuesday, with 60 homes in Willow Springs being placed on a pre-evacuation notice around 4 p.m. Another home near the top of the ridge was evacuated, West Metro Fire officials said.

No structures were immediately threatened by the blaze.

Belleview Ave. and Willow Springs Drive remain closed, as is Mt. Lindo Park to S. Turkey Street.

While the cause was ruled as undetermined, investigators believe lightning was most likely the cause of the blaze as there were lightning strikes in the area about two hours prior to the fire being reported, West Metro Fire officials said, adding there was also clear evidence of humans where the fire burned, but not recently.