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Oxyoke Fire 50 percent contained

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By The Staff

The Oxyoke Fire 5 miles north of Deckers was 50 percent contained early July 22 thanks to the efforts of 225 firefighters over two days.

More than a dozen homes had been evacuated in the Oxyoke area since the fire was reported Sunday afternoon. The blaze had burned more than 145 acres along County Road 67 and the South Platte River in Jefferson County.

The North Fork and Platte Canyon fire districts were among the departments that responded.

Firefighters were expected to have the blaze 100 percent contained by the end of the day July 22.

Cooler temperatures and increased humidity helped firefighters gain the upper hand, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But, even after containment, it could take days of work by firefighters to complete “mop-up” operations involving smoldering trees and logs along the fire perimeter.

Evacuated residents were to stay away from their homes until further notice, and the area around the fire will continue to be closed for firefighter and public safety. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office established road closures near Deckers, Sugar Creek and Nighthawk Hill, and as of press time those roads remain closed.