LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A Colorado wildfire that forced hundreds of evacuations west of Fort Collins was about 45% contained by Saturday evening, and officials said residents could soon return home.
The blaze started accidentally on Friday, a day of record high temperatures and gusty winds. Between 750 and 1,000 acres burned near Lory State Park, where one of the largest wildfires in state history destroyed hundreds of homes last year.
Several hundred evacuation notices were sent to local homeowners. But by Saturday evening, evacuees were told they could begin returning home at 8 p.m. They were warned, however, to be prepared to leave again if necessary.
No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.
The size and early-season appearance of the blaze in a state coping with years of drought set some Coloradans on edge. Last year, the state was ravaged by two of the most destructive wildfires in its history. Thousands of acres burned and hundreds of homes were destroyed.