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BREAKING: Large brush fire sets Green Mountain ablaze

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, West Metro Fire responded to reports of a brush fire on Green Mountain.

Fueled by dry conditions and strong winds, the fire was initially reported at 5 to 7 acres according to West Metro, giving the mountain’s ridgeline an orange glow, despite the 33-degree Fahrenheit weather.

At 6:33 p.m., the fire estimate climbed to 300 acres burning east.

West Metro Fire announced it had begun evacuations of the homes along the eastern foot of the mountain, Bayaud to Ellsworth Place. That evacuation order expanded to homes on South Deframe Way, West Exposition Dr. and South Devinney Way. Residents are asked to head to Creighton Middle School.

Dispatch chatter at 7:14 p.m. indicated that firefighters believe they will be able to gain control of the fire within an hour, and likely able to protect all houses.

The fire was considered 40 percent contained by 7:30 p.m., and holding steady at 300 acres, thanks to the winds dying down a bit.

In an interview with media Monday evening, West Metro Fire Spokesperson Ronda Scholting said the fire agency’s fire investigator has been on the scene to investigate the cause of the fire, which is still unknown at this time.

Colorado Community Media will provide more details as they become available.

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