(UPDATE at 11:30 a.m. MDT, June 20, 2013)
On Wednesday the Lime Gulch Fire near Foxton, Colorado grew quickly, throwing out spot fires causing firefighters to have to withdraw for their own safety. Today the size is estimated at 500 acres with no containment.
(The name of this fire was changed from Chair Rock to Lime Gulch.)
(UPDATE at 6:45 p.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)
A tweet from the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center:
NEW: Lime Gulch (CO-PSF) 8 miles south of Conifer, CO. (39.25 30N 105.13 48W). RMA IMT2 Team B (Dallas) has been assigned.
— Predictive Services (@RMACCNewsNotes) June 20, 2013
Dan Dallas’ IMTeam will assume command at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Radio traffic from the online scanner at about 4 p.m. said the fire is 150 acres and they will transition to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team tonight.
A military C-130 MAFFS air tanker was over the fire at 3:40 p.m. A Single Engine Air Tanker may have dropped on the fire earlier. A helicopter is also dropping water on the fire.
Jefferson County Sheriffs’ office has posted evacuation information HERE.
Colorado has another fire that is causing evacuations. The Lime Gulch fire is 7 miles southeast of Conifer and 13 miles southwest of Columbine in the southern part of Jefferson County.
The map of the Lime Gulch fire above shows heat detected by a satellite at 1:49 p.m. MDT, June 19, 2013. The locations of the red squares can be as much as a mile in error.
Just before 2 p.m. the Sheriff ordered immediate evacuations for a 3-mile radius around the intersection of Foxton and Platte River roads. Calls went out to 401 phones in the area.
At least one helicopter is on scene dropping water, and other aircraft have been ordered.
SKY9 was streaming live video of the fire at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, but that could end any time.