Fire near Evergreen contained but still burning

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) -- The incident commander for a fire that prompted evacuations in the foothills near Evergreen says the blaze isn't controlled yet but is fully contained.

Incident Commander Bill Easterling says the goal is to be able to let all evacuees return home starting Tuesday night.

The fire, estimated at 15 to 20 acres, ignited Monday about 30 miles west of Denver. It prompted evacuations after the wind carried sparks a half mile away from the main blaze. Its cause hasn't been determined. No structures have been lost. Utility crews are working to restore power to about 360 homes.

Meanwhile in southwest Colorado, a 75-acre fire is burning near Creede. It was 50 percent contained as of Monday. Fire officials say that blaze threatened three homes.

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