Crews Contain 2 Denver-area Wildfires

Friday, 25 Mar 2011 09:27 PM

 

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado firefighters have contained two wildfires that at one point forced the evacuations of thousands of people on the far reaches of the Denver area.

A 2.5-square-mile wildfire in the foothills west of Denver was fully contained Friday evening. The fire started Sunday in rugged, steep terrain west of Golden, prompting the evacuation of 17 homes for a day.

Crews also reined in a wildfire that erupted Thursday and quickly charred about 2.5 square miles about 35 miles southeast of Denver. Authorities ordered about 8,500 people to leave their homes, but they were allowed back that night. The fire was declared contained Friday afternoon.

Both fires are believed to be human-caused.

Elsewhere in Colorado, two separate grass fires that broke out Thursday and each burned 8 square miles were contained Friday.

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