An electrical malfunction on a power pole caused a brush fire, called the Chatridge 2 Fire, Monday morning southeast of Chatfield State Park.

The fire started shortly before 10 a.m. in northwestern Douglas County. It spread quickly covering over 460 acres before it was 100% contained. No structures or people were harmed.

Below you can watch part of the fire fight.


The fire started near 10 a.m. Monday causing a brush fire that spread quickly.

South Metro Fire Rescue brought in ground crews and a helicopter to try to limit the fire’s spread. It is in the same area as a fire that burned 205 acres in October 2016, according to the DenverChannel.

By 12:20 p.m., the fire had grown to 267 acres and was 60% contained, South Metro Fire Rescue said. The department said there is still "a moderate risk of forward spread." Around 3 p.m., crews estimated the size of the fire to be around 456 acres with no update on containment.

A second alarm was called for the fire to bring in additional resources, including firefighters and two brush trucks from West Metro Fire, according to the DenverChannel.

As a precautionary measure, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office ordered Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility, BackCountry community and some trails to evacuate.

By 12:30 p.m., two large air tankers, two small engine air tankers, one helicopter, one lead plane and one multi-mission aircraft were fighting the fire.

South Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson Eric Hurst said in a 2:15 p.m. update the fire was estimated to be 275 at last check but that firefighters “know it has grown significantly”, according to the DenverChannel.

The winds and dry air made the fire fight tougher. By 4 p.m., the fire covered 461 acres roughly.

Just before 5 p.m., South Metro Fire announced the fire was fully contained and people could return to their homes.

A second alarm was called for the fire to bring in additional resources, including firefighters and two brush trucks from West Metro Fire. By 12:30 p.m., there were two large air tankers, two small engine air tankers, one helicopter, one lead plane and one multi-mission aircraft that had been ordered to the fire.

Source: DenverChannel