Authorities: Brush fires in Douglas County human-caused

5:18 PM, Mar 17, 2012   |    comments
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South Metro firefighters say one of the fires broke out at 10:20 a.m. in the 11400 block of Forest Hill Drive, near the intersection of Tomahawk Road and Parker Road. Three nearby homes were evacuated, and the fire burned 7 to 8 acres. The fire has been extinguished and people have been let back into their homes.

Another fire about three miles away near Cottonwood Park consumed about an acre before it was put out.

Authorities say both fires were caused by people, and both are still under investigation.

"I can say that both the fires today were human caused. It's a word of caution," South Metro Deputy Fire Marshall Anthony Valdez said. "Our seasons are not being typical for Colorado. I think we are just realizing the wild fire season can be in any month of the season."

A red flag warning is in effect until 10 p.m. on Sunday. The winds and temperatures are high and the ground is dry - all of which make for a dangerous combination.

"The right conditions are in place for aggressive firefighting. We are constantly having to worry about the fire problems, so with the erratic winds and low humidity, even the smallest fire can turn into a large one rapidly," Valdez said.

Counting Saturday's fires, there have been at least four brush fires across the metro area in the past four days.

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