Colorado wildfires: Crews contain 75% of small fire in southwest Denver area

A fire that forced the evacuation of one home south of Morrison and put people in dozens of others on notice is 75% contained.

Crews were working Thursday to completely contain the 1-acre Snow Creek fire that started Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of U.S. 285 and Colorado 8. West Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Ronda Scholting said the terrain is rugged.

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Crews from nine area fire and rescue agencies responded when the fire broke out near the Willow Springs neighborhood. Scholting said it was likely caused by lightning. A helicopter from Douglas County also helped.

No structures were damaged.

The multi-mission aircraft with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control was mapping the area with infrared imaging to locate potential hot spots not visible to the naked eye. A tweet by West Metro said firefighters will put water on any hot spots and then test it without gloves on to ensure it’s cool to the touch.

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