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Crews contain South Table Mountain Fire

Fire fully contained Saturday

Smoke billows from the slopes of South Table Mountain on March 9, after a brush fire broke out near 32nd Avenue near the Coors Brewery.
Glenn Wallace

The South Table Mountain Fire was fully containment by the afternoon of March 11, after area fire agencies successfully keept the fire from threatening homes in Golden.

The grass fire which burned about 66 acres began about 3:30 p.m. on March 9. By that evening, firefighters estimated the fire size at about 66 acres. It is located about two miles west of 32nd Avenue and McIntyre Street, near the Coors brewery. The cause is unknown at this time.

"We've got some hazards on the mountainside," said Jefferson County Sheriff's PIO Jennifer Fulton said during Friday morning's fire briefing. "It's very steep, there's some loose rock, there's very heavy brush, and there's even some rattlesnakes."

One firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the fire on Thursday. A Sheriff's PIO said that firefighter was treated, released, and back on the fire line Friday.

Helicopter drops began to dump water on the fire as of about 5 p.m. when the wind began to push the fire up the nearby ridge, while ground crews worked to keep the fire away from 32nd Avenue, and putting out hot spots throughout the night.

West Metro Fire Rescue is helping Fairmount Fire Rescue on the containment, with crews from Arvada, Foothills, Golden, Golden Gate and Pleasant View departments also on the scene. Fulton reported that 25 different agencies, representing 68 individuals  were fighting the fire at its peak.

A couple power lines around 32nd Avenue are threatened by the fire. One pole was destroyed Thursday, and others charred. 

About 2,500 Xcel Energy customers were affected by a power outage from about 6:45-8 p.m. on March 9, but it did not have to do with the destroyed power line, said Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Stutz. As a safety measure, the power was turned off as a request from the authorities, he said.



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