May 9, 2011 7:35 PM by Greg Boyce

Homes evacuated in Jefferson County

INDIAN HILLS, Colo. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a wildfire in Jefferson County has prompted evacuations of 30 to 40 homes.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the fire Monday afternoon between Evergreen and Morrison is believed to have been human caused. She says the fire is about an acre, but authorities used an automated phone system to ask residents of 30 to 40 homes to leave because they are close to the fire.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning on up to 150 acres near Kenosha Pass is 20 percent contained. U.S. Forest Service officials say no homes are threatened by the fire about 100 miles southwest of Denver.

Air support has been grounded by 40 mph gusts. The fire danger remains high in much of eastern Colorado because of warm, dry weather and winds.




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