JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Crews are putting the finishes touches on a grass fire that burned three acres Tuesday near the Lockheed Martin campus in Jefferson County.
West Metro Fire spokesperson Ronda Scholting the fire was started by a lightning strike during a small but energetic thunderstorm that crossed the southern metro area in the early afternoon.
By 4 p.m., the fire was out, Scholting said. About 50 firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue, and the Rattlesnake Fire Protection District are still working to surround the burn area with a containment line.
Two helicopters responded to the operation and made drops.
The fire was first reported at about 12:40 p.m. near the Lockheed Martin facility and the entrance to Waterton Canyon.
The fire apparently burned property belonging to the Denver Water Department.
At one point, Denver Water officials wrote that Waterton Canyon was evacuated because of the fire and canyon “closed to public access until further notice.” However, West Metro’s Scholting confirmed that only a portion of the lower Highline Trail and the small park in which the fire burned were, in fact, closed.
The fire did not threaten any structures and no Waterton Canyon residents were evacuated from their homes.
Wateron Canyon will reopen on Wednesday.
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