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Cherry Creek State Park Interface Brush Fire
Posted On: Feb 08, 2021

On Sunday February 7, 2021 at around 4:10 p.m. Local members responded to a brush fire on the east side of the Cherry Creek State Park reservoir in Unincorporated Arapahoe County. When members arrived on scene, they found a brush fire with large flame lengths moving quickly as it was being fueled by high wind speeds and dry conditions. As the fire jumped a road inside the park and grew towards a residential community west of Parker Rd., the call was changed to a wildland urban interface fire - bringing extra resources to the scene for larger fire suppression efforts. Evacuations were ordered for people inside the park as well as the residents living nearby in case members were not able to contain the fire before it extended further. Luckily, crews were able to stop the fire from extending to structures in the community with help from a decent fire break that separates the homes that back up to the state park. Due to the rapid changes in wind speed direction and resulting size of the fire, members split up into different divisions to focus on multiple tasks in gaining control of the fire perimeter. Crews were able to stop the threat to the residential area, therefore lifting the evacuation order. However, the wind caused the fire to make a run to the northwest inside the park burning into trees and other dry vegetation. Members used a variety of techniques, including burn out operations to help slow the head of the fire. Due to the continued active nature of this wildfire, a few units stayed on scene overnight to monitor and put out hot spots that flared up. The weather on Sunday evening and into Monday provided snowfall, but the low temperatures also created conditions for water pumps to have the potential to freeze on the fire apparatus.

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