Rain helps tame Colorado wildfires

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters say rain and cooler weather are helping them gain ground on several wildfires in northern Colorado.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said Thursday a quarter inch of rain and high humidity helped contain the Stuart Hole fire to about 227 acres. The cost of fighting the fire is estimated at $324,000

Larimer County sheriff's officials said aircraft from the Stuart Hole fire and about 40 firefighters helped put out a new fire Wednesday that was started by lightning.

The lightning-sparked Stuart Hole fire damaged at least two outbuildings since it started Monday. It's about 40 miles northwest of Fort Collins in rocky terrain north of where a camp stove ignited a wildfire last month. That earlier fire is smoldering but is fully contained.

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