Small grass fires burned in two areas of Littleton Monday night

Cause of fires is undetermined


Two small grass fires burned at Ketring Park in Littleton Monday night. After the flames were extinguished around 8:30 p.m., another fire was reported about three miles away at Reynolds Landing shortly before midnight, according to South Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson Eric Hurst. 

At least three calls were made to 911, the first at 8:21 p.m., about the fire at Ketring, Hurst said, with a call to police made at 11:49 p.m. regarding the Reynolds fire. The fires, which Hurst said were slow moving, were all extinguished within minutes. The fires were about 10 feet by 10 feet, Hurst said. 

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, Hurst said. South Metro did not post any information about the fires on social media or release any statements. 

"When fires are small in size and aren't threatening any structures, generally, we don't make social media posts about them unless they're widely visible or have a long duration to extinguish," Hurst said. "Of course, any fire always feels too close to home for any of us."

The cause of the fires is undetermined, Hurst said, adding that no evidence or suspects were identified at the scene. But he said it's a "safe assumption that all of these fires have been human caused" either by careless behavior or an unintentional accident. 

A recent fire also broke out at Jackass Hill Park near several homes the night of March 24. That fire was believed to have been caused by a small firework, Hurst said, and left neighbors rattled

"Incidents like this are getting a little bit more frequent than they used to," Hurst said. "Some of it's just careless behavior ... and not an intentional act."

Hurst recommended residents keep up with emergency responses with PulsePoint, which tracks and pinpoints calls being responded to by fire departments and emergency medical services. Residents can access the service online, or through a smartphone app to also receive push notifications.


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