it was a busy day for local 2164 members. ———just after 10 a.m. on tuesday, 10 units from smfr assisted castle rock fire rescue with a wind driven structure fire in the 4800 block of n. foxtail drive. simultaneous wildland fires near larkspur and sedalia were also challenging firefighters from all douglas county fire districts, including south metro. unfortunately 7 homes were damaged but firefighters did an excellent job preventing the fire from consuming more homes with such high winds. thankfully no one was injured and crfd is investigating the cause. ———just after 10:00 a.m. on tuesday, april 17, 2018, south metro was requested for an automatic aid wildland fire on the north side of highway 67 west of rampart range road in the pike national forest. with a red flag and high wind warning in effect and 60 mph wind gusts being observed; a pre-evacuation area was established from sugar creek to sedalia and additional resources were called. 11 units from smfr responded as well as strike teams from the west metro and north metro areas. a unified command was established between west douglas county fire, the u.s. forest service, douglas county sheriff and emergency management. 1 helicopter was used to make water drops and a dozer was used to aid firefighters in containing the fire. the incident was officially named the “indian creek fire” and as of 5:00 p.m. tuesday it was 20% contained. the fire was caused when a tree fell on power lines. no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.—— thank you smfr pio for the pictures and text.