(CBS4) – Evacuees are being allowed to return to their homes in the area around the Deer Creek Canyon Park Fire burn area in Jefferson County. Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday afternoon that the wildfire is now 100% contained.

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Fire crews are still working on hotspots in the fire, which was estimated at between 20 and 25 acres. The fire which broke out late Tuesday afternoon forced the evacuation of more than 300 homes. Official said Friday morning they are looking for two juveniles who may have had a role in starting the fire. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated but authorities said it was human caused.

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Several open space areas are also going to remain closed on Friday and possibly Saturday and Sunday:

– Deer Creek Canyon Park
– Hildebrandt Ranch Park
– South Valley Park

There have been no reports of injuries and no structures have burned. Many told CBS4 on Thursday they didn’t have much time to prepare for the evacuation.

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Weather conditions in Jefferson County should remain favorable for firefighters on Friday, but the Rocky Mountains west of the Continental Divide and virtually the entire Western Slope of Colorado has high fire danger during the day, according to CBS4 meteorologist Ashton Altieri. These areas are under a Red Flag Warning from noon until 8 p.m. due to expected gusty winds, low humidity and dry soil.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfires section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.


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