Brush fire breaks out near Morrison, evacuations ordered for homes in the area

Fire crews were responding to a brush fire several miles south of Morrison Tuesday afternoon, near the intersection of U.S. 285 and State Highway 8, and have already ordered one evacuation and put dozens of other homes in the area under pre-evacuation orders.

Authorities said the fire is near Mt. Lindo and is on the south side of U.S. 285, and spreading south, burning in grass, brush and trees. The fire, dubbed the Snow Creek fire, is about an acre in size, according to authorities.

Around 60 homes in the Willow Springs development are on pre-evacuation warning while one home at the top of the ridge was fully evacuated, West Metro Fire tweeted Tuesday. Bear Creek High School, 9800 W. Dartmouth Place in Lakewood, is serving as an evacuation site.

West Metro Fire authorities said on Twitter that the Snow Creek fire is difficult to access, “so three crews of firefighters are hiking in with hand tools.” Douglas County is lending a helicopter to the firefighting effort.

“We’re conducting door-to-door evacuations of homes in the area; no structures are immediately threatened,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office said air support is on the scene. Expect road closures in the area, including State Highway 8, Snowcreek Lane and Tiger Bend Lane.

This story will be updated as information comes in.

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