DENVER - Fire crews up and down the Front Range are busy battling at least four new fires that flared up Thursday.
The fires are relatively small and most have been contained.
Five different fire agencies responded to two fires near Castle Rock. One was close to Waverton Ranch and the second was burning along railroad tracks near Morning Glory Drive.
The fires started just after 2 p.m.
Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales says Douglas County has a contract with a helicopter company. They are on standby to respond to fires that pop up throughout the county.
On Thursday, Morales says the helicopter was on scene within five minutes of the call dumping buckets of water on flames.
"We've seen a lot of communities cancel firework shows, put fire restrictions in place and this is why it takes very little to cause a fire of this magnitude," Morales said.
The two fires combined totaled nearly 24 acres. They were contained within one hour.
There are two separate fires burning near Castle Rock. One is close to Waverton Ranch and the second is burning along railroad tracks near Morning Glory.
South Metro Fire is using one helicopter for water drops on the Waverton Ranch fire.
The Lillis Lane Fire in Jefferson County destroyed one structure and prompted pre-evacution notices.
The Fire started Thursday morning as a structure fire near the Ranch Elsie area. It burned at least 2 acres. The cause is under investigation.
The Lochbuie Fire burned a small area near 411 Zante Way near Lochbuie. The fire was contained to a small area and is under control.
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