Sep 9, 2009 6:59 AM by Associated Press

25-acre wildfire burns north of Estes Park

A wildfire that had authorities advising people in at least 50 homes in northern Colorado to be ready to leave has been partially contained.

A fire that grew from about 5 acres to between 25 and 30 acres north of Estes Park yesterday is about 10 percent contained. There was one evacuation earlier in the day and about 50 homeowners were told they might have to leave. But U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Tammy Williams says cooler, calmer weather has lessened the threat and the one evacuation order has been lifted.

About 140 people are fighting the fire, with the help of a helicopter and air tanker. The fire was reported shortly before noon in the Comanche Peak Wilderness in deep timber on steep terrain near Glen Haven, about 75 miles northwest of Denver.

The causeof the fire is unknown.


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