People urged to evacuate because of foothills fire |

People urged to evacuate because of foothills fire

CONIFER, Colo. – Residents near a 28-acre wildfire burning in the foothills west of Denver were urged to evacuate Sunday.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office made reverse 911 calls to houses within a 2 1/2 mile radius in the Pine Valley area, spokesman Jim Shires said. The fire is burning southwest of Conifer.It’s not clear how many homes were contacted because calls were made to 752 telephone numbers but some residences have more than one phone line.Meanwhile a fire burning on the southeastern plains was reported at 1,500 acres but no structures in the thinly populated area were threatened.Fire spokeswoman Cass Cairns said 800 acres of the fire were on the Comanche National Grassland and the rest was on private land.Winds were 25 to 30 miles per hour and humidity was 14 percent on Sunday afternoon. The fire, six miles southeast of Kim, was smoldering with occasional torching.About 20 firefighters had the blaze 80 percent contained. A hand crew of an additional 20 firefighters had been ordered.In southwestern Colorado, firefighters were working to finish containment lines around a 530 acre fire. The Black Ridge fire, which was sparked by lightning, was burning on Southern Ute lands near Durango.

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