Update, 4:50pm – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that evacuated residents will be allowed to return home at 6:00pm. The affected area is without power however and officials expected it could be “some time” before it is restored.
Residents that need an alternative place to stay should call the department’s non-emergency number at 303-277-0211.
The Sheriff will be maintaining control points throughout the area and only residents will be allowed in.
The fire is no officially dubbed the Blackhawk Fire. The previous name of Conifer Meadows has been discontinued.
Update, 3:35pm: The blaze is now 50% contained and has burned 10 to 12 acres. No buildings have burned and no injuries have been reported.
Update, 3:30pm: The Jefferson County Sheriff Department reports the fire is holding at 5 to 10 acres and fire crews are stationed at homes closest to the blaze.
Deputies are going door to door to ensure the 340 homes that have been put under evacuations are aware. Area residents can call 303-271-4930 for more information.
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds is open for large animals in the evacuation zone.
Local website Pinecam.com is providing locals with a place to discuss the blaze and post fire information. Visit their discussion forum here. Ongoing topics are posted here and here.
Update, 2:05pm: Now dubbed the Conifer Meadows Fire, the Jefferson County Sherrif’s office reports the fire is near the 12000 block of Cochise Circle, near Black Hawk Drive (see map below).
The fire is estimated to be 5 to 10 acres in size and homes within a one mile radius have been ordered to evacuate.
Among the agencies responding are the West Metro Fire District, Platte Canyon Fire, Elk Creek Fire, North Fork Fire and Inter-Canyon Fire Rescue. 30 firefighters are on site with more responding.
Students that attend West Jefferson Middle School, West Jefferson Elementary School, Elk Creek Elementary School and Conifer High School and live in the evacuated area are being held at their schools. Buses will not be operating to the affected areas.
Jefferson County Animal Control is responding to the area to assist residents with animal evacuations.
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Original story, 1:30pm: A wildfire burning south of Conifer near Highway 285 has prompted evacuations in the area. With high winds being experienced in the foothills and along the Front Range, the concern of a quickly expanding fire are very real.
The fire is burning near U.S. 285 and Foxton Road in Jefferson County and as last reported had consumed five acres.
Reverse 911 calls have been made to 340 area homes ordering them to evacuate to Conifer High School.
The area was under a High Wind Warning earlier today and while winds have subsided slightly this afternoon, they continue to be strong. A lack of recent moisture coupled with the winds sets the stage for a potentially explosive fire.