Evacuations in Colorado burn areas: firefighters beat back wildfire 60% contained

This article is over 5 months old Fire north of Denver has left 18 dwellings destroyed and 20 evacuated A wildfire northeast of Denver on Thursday forced the evacuation of areas and forced evacuation…

Evacuations in Colorado burn areas: firefighters beat back wildfire 60% contained

This article is over 5 months old

Fire north of Denver has left 18 dwellings destroyed and 20 evacuated

A wildfire northeast of Denver on Thursday forced the evacuation of areas and forced evacuation of scores of mobile homes as officials said it was 60% contained.

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The fire about 70 miles south-east of Denver had burned about 43,400 acres by Thursday night and was 60% contained, the Larimer county sheriff’s office said.

“With this day’s progress, all evacuations have been lifted in the evacuated areas,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “All vacation homes have also been evacuated.”

The fires began on 3 June and displaced about 2,500 residents of the small town of about 5,000 people. About 10,000 acres burned before the towns were evacuated on 8 June.

About 18 structures had been destroyed as of Thursday night, with 20 evacuated, according to the sheriff’s office. Residents were still asked to be on alert for the possibility of renewed evacuations.

Houses close to the fire front have suffered more damage than the areas west of the fire.

Including the two fires now burning, more than 830,000 acres have burned across the United States so far this year. The wildland fire season typically peaks in July and August but is likely to extend into fall, the National Interagency Fire Center said.

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