Hogback fire: 10 acre fire reported near Red Rocks west of Denver (Local News Tips & Reviews)

A second fire was reported in Aurora near Chambers and Parker, but has since been contained.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire reported Friday afternoon around 2:15 p.m. along the hogback south of Interstate 70 west of Denver was estimated at 10 acres and growing quickly due to extremely strong winds, West Metro Fire Rescue (WMFR) said in a tweet.

Pre-evacuations notices have been issued to the following areas:

  • The town of Morrison 
  • The Solterra Subdivision of Lakewood 
  • The Red Rock Ranch neighborhood at C-470 

Anyone living in these areas should be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is put in place.

Highway 93 is closed from I-70 to Morrison.

The fire was moving from near Alameda Avenue and C-470 to the southeast, WMFR said. The agency shared a video they said was from the west side of the hogback, which was where the fire started and was pushed up the slope and over the top of the ridge by the winds.

Rhonda Scholting, spokeswoman for WMFR, said conditions all day have been brutal.

“Imagine fighting a fire when you can barely stand up,” she said.

She also said that a helicopter is on standby for air support but cannot fly in the current winds.

Residents should avoid calling 911 to report the smoke. Lakewood Police tweeted a photo showing the map of the area under pre-evacuation orders.

A Dabin concert scheduled for Friday evening at Red Rocks has been postponed. The music venue said a new date has not been determined at this point, and that AEG will send out more information to those who have tickets to the show.

Red Flag warnings are in effect due to strong winds which could spread the fire quickly. West Metro Fire Rescue said in a tweet that extra resources were being called to assist with the fire.

There is no word on the cause of the fire yet.

A second fire was reported in Aurora near Parker Road and Chambers Road around 3:15 p.m., according to Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR). Vegetation and a bridge in the open space burned and no structures caught fire, according to AFR.

That fire was contained just before 4:30 p.m.

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