HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– Large plumes of smoke from a brush fire burning in Highlands Ranch on Friday night could be seen for miles. Pre-evacuation notices were lifted at 8:30 p.m. for thousands of homes.
The smoke billowed from the so-called “Range 5 Fire” burning near the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility.
The fire had burned an estimated 20-30 acres just before 8 p.m. Friday. There was zero containment. Pre-evacuation notices were ordered for 3,300 homes but that lasted only one hour.
The notice was lifted at 8:30 p.m. Steep terrain, limited water, and changing weather prompted initial pre-evacuation notices.
Fire crews from South Metro Fire Rescue responded to the fire which was burning near dozens of homes.
Air support was halted at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Crews continued to battle the blaze on the ground.
It is unclear what started the fire.
Crews were going to keep battling the fire overnight.
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