06/03/2013 06:47 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2013

Bluebell Fire: Evergreen, Colo. Wildfire Forces Evacuations

A wildfire burning in the foothills near Evergreen, Colo. has grown to about four acres and has forced evacuations within a four-mile radius of the burn area.

Jefferson County Sheriff tweeted "Leave Now!" this afternoon:

According to the JeffCo Sheriff's Office, the evacuation boundaries are Highway 285 as the southern boundary, a northern boundary of Buffalo Park Road, an eastern boundary of HIghway 73 and western boundary at Jefferson County line.

Approximately 9,900 reverse-911 emergency calls were made to area residents, the JeffCo Sheriff's Office tweeted.

9News reports that wind gusts in the area are reaching 35 mph and relative humidity is at 5 percent.

As of publishing, 4 acres have burned and 100 homes remain threatened, however no structures have been lost. The fire is moving in a southwest direction.

The evacuation shelter is located at Conifer High School, located at 10441 Hwy 73 in Aspen Park. Officials have asked residents to evacuate large animals to the Fairgrounds and small animals to Foothills Animal Shelter, if necessary.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.



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