JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) – A reported bushfire in Jefferson County has forced evacuations.
At 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Jeffco) said crews were responding to the fire burning in the area of Highway 285 and Highway 8 near Mount Lindo.
Officials said the blaze, dubbed the Snowcreek Fire, was on the south side of the highway and was spreading south. Although no structures were immediately threatened, authorities announced mandatory evacuations.
At 3:37 p.m., the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office declared a full evacuation for Mount Lindo and Willow Springs Point. At that time, officials announced that the evacuation site was The Fort.
However, at 4:35 p.m. the sheriff’s office said the evacuation center had been moved to Bear Creek High School.
Jeffco Sheriff personnel conducted door-to-door evacuations.
According to the sheriff’s office, West Metro Fire and Air Support arrived on the scene to assist in the effort. Douglas County lends its helicopter to the effort.
West Metro Fire said the area was difficult to access, three fire crews with hand tools were forced to walk to the fire.
The #SnowCreek The fire is difficult to access, so three fire crews walk in with hand tools. In the air, Douglas County lends its helicopter to the effort. As you can see, the conditions are quite smoky for the pilot. pic.twitter.com/jNrDofXbfx
— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) July 12, 2022
Authorities also say Highway 8, Snowcreek Lane and Tiger Bend Lane are closed.