Southern Colorado wildfire 20 percent contained |

Southern Colorado wildfire 20 percent contained

A 100-acre wildfire that forced the evacuation of four homes in southern Colorado was 20 percent contained Wednesday.Fire information officer Ralph Bellah said the fire was human-caused. It was burning in conifer and pinon pine forests in Huerfano County, about 120 miles south of Denver and 20 miles northwest of Walsenburg.There was no word on when evacuated residents would be allowed to return.Officials had earlier put the fire’s size at 120 acres but reduced the estimate after better mapping.About 120 firefighters, three engines and a helicopter were on scene.On Tuesday, a 30-acre brush fire near Rifle destroyed a garage, two vehicles and a motorcycle inside it, and a shed, Fire Chief Mike Morgan said.The fire, which also forced a 2 1/2-hour closure of Colorado 13 between Rifle and Meeker, was contained just before 11 p.m.,One firefighter suffered a second-degree burn to his elbow while fighting the fire.The blaze, which began next to the highway, was human-caused and is under investigation, Morgan said.

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