Wildfire near Highlands Ranch explodes to 250+ acres within hours

Photo Credit: South Metro Fire Rescue (video screenshot via Twitter, see full video below).

A vegetation fire that sparked on Monday morning in Douglas County has grown rapidly amid dangerous conditions, reaching an estimated 267 acres in a matter of hours. While the blaze is 60% contained, buildings have been threatened and an evacuation order is underway for the nearby Back Country community.

Video footage from the scene shows firefighters wetting homes as flames erupt into the air nearby.

Two large air tankers, two small-engine air tankers, and a helicopter are being used to fight the fire, among other aircraft. The fire is located near Highway 85 and Ron King Trail.

This fire burns as fire danger is quite high along the Front Range. Please follow all local fire restrictions and skip the campfire if instructed to do so. Avoid parking your hot car on dry grass. Check with a local source for county-specific rules and be aware that these rules can change rapidly.

This is a developing story.


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