Brush Fires Break Out Along The Front Range
DENVER (CBS4) – Firefighters responded to two fast-moving brush fires south of Denver International Airport Tuesday afternoon.
The fires, which were reported just after 3 p.m., were on each side of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard. Pena Boulevard remained open to traffic to and from the airport.
Lt. Phil Champagne with the Denver Fire Department said lots of resources were used to battle the fires. They had difficulty fighting both of the fires because they had to truck in water.
Both fires grew to about 15 acres.
No buildings were threatened. Firefighters got the blazes under control around 4:30 p.m. They planned to remain on scene during the evening to mop up hot spots.
West Metro Fire responded to a small grass fire in Broomfield as well.
The fire was near 4100 Industrial Lane and Duet Way. It was reported the fire damaged some Xcel Energy equipment that caused some power outages in the area. Xcel reported that about 1,300 customers were affected.
Another fire broke out near Milliken that shut down Highway 257 between Highway 60 and Weld County Road 54 for a while. Milliken and Johnstown fire departments responded.
It took firefighters about two hours to get control of a 150-acre grass fire near Fort Morgan. The fire broke out about 2:20 p.m., halfway between Fort Morgan and Brush. About 20 firefighters from six agencies were called in to put it out.
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