Mandatory evacuations underway as wildfire spreads in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) is battling a vegetation fire burning in Unincorporated Douglas County.

UPDATE 11:42 p.m.: A mandatory evacuation has been issued for several hundred homes in the Back Country Subdivision and trails to the south in Highlands Ranch.

UPDATE 11:07 a.m.: The Douglas County Sheriff has evacuated a training facility near Highway 85 and Ron King Trail as a precaution.

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m.: SkyFOX is on it’s way to the fire. Crews at the scene say it is covering about 10 acres. Two houses have been “successfully protected” according to South Metro Fire Rescue on Twitter.

At this point there have been no evacuations and no injuries.

UPDATE: 10:38 a.m.: Two homes are currently being protected as a vegetation burns in an unincorporated area of Douglas County.

SMFR said the fire started on Chatridge Court around 9:49 a.m. on Monday.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, SMFR sent out an update saying that structure protection is in place at 2 homes.

SMFR said it is aggressively attacking the fire on the ground and by using a helicopter to make water drops.

Very gusty winds, dry vegetation and difficult terrain are making for dangerous firefighting conditions, according to SMFR.

SMFR says a second alarm has been called, doubling the amount of resources used in attacking the fire.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.