Just before 10 a.m. on Monday June 29, 2020, multiple 911 callers reported a brush fire on the east side of Highway 85 at Chatridge Drive in Douglas County. When Local 2086 members arrived, they found several acres already burning with a flame front moving at a moderate to rapid rate of spread to the northeast. Structure protection was placed at the immediately threatened homes and the nearby Douglas OEM contract helicopter was launched. As members continued an aggressive direct attack on the ground additional air and ground resources were ordered.
Dry vegetation, gusty winds and a rugged uphill path contributed to a rapid rate of spread toward the Back Country community. Due to the high population and only 2 roads in or out of the neighborhood, the decision was made to evacuate all residents before the fire arrived. Along Sky Dance Drive members prepared homes for the fires arrival as air tankers dropped retardant and helicopters precision dropped water. All firefighting efforts were successful, thankfully no one was injured, and no structures were damaged. By 3:30 p.m. the fire had grown to 461 acres and all forward spread was stopped. Investigators from the SMFR Fire Marshal’s Office determined that an electrical malfunction on a power pole sparked the fire. The Chatridge 2 Fire was very similar to the Chatridge Fire that burned the same area in October of 2016, also the result of an electrical problem.
Local members patrolled the burn area all night and extinguished hot spots. Additional crews will be working the fire all day Tuesday to reinforce the fire lines and fully extinguish the fire.
SMFR is grateful to Douglas County Sheriffs Office, Douglas County OEM, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and the many fire departments who answered our mutual aid call for help and contributed to the positive outcome of this dangerous incident. West Metro Porfessional Firefighters, Franktown Fire Protection District, West Douglas Fire, Castle Rock Professional Firefighters, Jackson 105 Fire Department, Sable Altura Fire Department, Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue, Golden Fire Department, Golden Gate Fire Rescue, North Metro Professional Firefighters, Thornton Professional Firefighters, Kiowa Fire Protection District, Fairmount Professional Firefighters, Denver Professional Firefighters, Westminster Professional Firefighters, Adams County Professional Firefighters, Brighton Professional Firefighters.