Brush fire breaks out in Highlands Ranch

Fourth of July fireworks canceled as county enters Stage 2 ban


A small brush fire broke out in Highlands Ranch shortly after 3 p.m. June 19 near the intersection of Highlands Ranch Parkway and Fairview Parkway.

The fire, which was put out in a little over an hour, scorched close to four acres of open space south of Dad Clark Trail, east of Clariton Drive. It took assistance from Littleton Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Department and Rampart Helicopter Services – based out of Castle Rock – to contain the burn area.

“This is scary stuff, especially when it starts burning in the urban interface like this,” said Littleton Fire Chief John Mullin. “It’s going to be a busy summer.”

Firefighters were on scene within moments of the blaze beginning, and surrounded the perimeter quickly, providing structural protection as well. Mullin said that firefighters went door to door, placing residents under pre-evacuation notice. No structures were burned in the fire.

The Rampart helicopter circled the fire about a half dozen times, dropping retardant onto the engulfed cottonwood trees, until the last of the fire was out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time, but Mullin cautioned that people take extra precautions due to the dry conditions and with July 4 coming up.

“We are going to be over-staffed for July 4,” he said.

The county switched from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on June 21, which prohibits the use of personal and professional fireworks; open burning of any kind; use of fires in chimineas, other portable fires or patio fire pits; or campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas.

Allowable activities are limited to the use of personal charcoal and gas grills, liquid-or gas-fueled fire pits or other gas or liquid-fueled appliances.

Because of the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, the Highlands Ranch Community Association has postponed its fireworks show until this fall’s Oktoberfest.

Violation of any of the fire restrictions is considered a Class 2 Petty Offense and is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. More information on fire restriction stages can be located at


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