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Tomahawk Interface Fire
Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

At 11:02 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26th South Metro Engine 47 was dispatched to investigate a report of smoke in the area of Tomahawk Road and Summit Ridge Road in Douglas County. A second 911 caller reported a barn on fire at the same location and additional units were dispatched. When Engine 47 arrived they were faced with a large fire burning debris piles, a small outbuilding and spreading through the grass. Once again the incident escalated, this time to a Wildland Interface Fire response. Members worked to protect the nearby structures and contain the grass fire, a task made even more difficult without fire hydrants nearby. Tenders were used to shuttle water from a hydrant near Inspiration Drive and Rockinghorse Parkway to the scene. A contracted fire helicopter is currently dedicated to Douglas County, it immediately launched with a representative from Emergency Management on board to provide aerial reconnaissance. The helicopter also carries a 180 gallon bucket that can be filled with water to fight fires, if needed. Due to the assets at risk, high temperature and low humidity, a 2nd Alarm was requested which brought more firefighters to the scene. At 11:36 the grass fire was completely contained and longer posed a threat but extensive work was needed to extinguish ho spots. Crews will remain on scene through the afternoon to ensure that no flare-ups occur. 2 outbuildings were destroyed, no homes were damaged and no injuries occurred. Thank you to Rattlesnake Fire Protection District, Franktown Fire Protection District, Elizabeth Fire, Aurora Fire, and Douglas County Sheriffs office for the assistance.

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