Two wildfires burn total of more than 600 acres near Denver on Superbowl Sunday

Red Flag Warnings in effect Monday for parts of Colorado and New Mexico

Bear Creek Fire, Feb. 7, 2020
Bear Creek Fire, Lakewood CO, Feb. 7, 2020. 9News image.

Sunday afternoon a large grass fire west of Denver in Lakewood, Colorado burned 537 acres before firefighters were able to stop the spread. Several neighborhoods were under evacuation orders but those were lifted after the fire was contained Sunday night. The fire was known  as the Bear Creek and also the Morris Road Fire.

There are no reports of structures being damaged.

Bear Creek Fire
Bear Creek Fire, Feb. 7, 2020, west of Denver. West Metro Fire image.

Another fire, the Cherry Creek Fire, also broke out Sunday on the southeast side of Denver in Cherry Creek State Park east of the intersection of Interstates 25 and 225. The blaze burned 101 acres.

Map Cherry Creek Fire
Map showing the location of the Cherry Creek Fire southeast of Denver. Fire perimeter mapped Feb. 8, 2020 by Colorado’s MultiMission Aircraft.

The strong winds that made the fires difficult to control are going to continue Monday in south-central Colorado and parts of Eastern New Mexico where Red Flag Warnings are in effect until Monday night. The forecast for Trinidad, Colorado on Monday calls for 56 degrees, relative humidity of 13 precent, and winds out of the east at 20 mph gusting to 32.

Red Flag Warnings in Colorado and New Mexico
Red Flag Warnings in Colorado and New Mexico, Feb. 8, 2020

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.