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The Latest: Residents affected by Colorado fire can go home

April 13, 2018

BOONE, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire that forced the evacuation of a southern Colorado town. (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

Residents of a small town in southern Colorado can return home as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire that has scorched about 500 acres (202 hectares).

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office lifted the evacuation order for Boone on Thursday night and said the fire was 60 percent contained.

The blaze started Thursday afternoon and forced the evacuation of 229 homes. One person was hurt, but authorities have not released any information about the incident.

About 100 firefighters from nine agencies were assigned to the fire, which was fueled by wind gusts of 45 mph to 60 mph (72 to 96 kph). No buildings were reported burned.

Boone is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Pueblo.

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7:20 p.m.

Firefighters in southern Colorado are battling a brush fire that has forced the evacuation of the small town of Boone.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze started Thursday afternoon, quickly charred about 450 acres (182 hectares) and forced the evacuation of 229 homes. One person was hurt, but authorities have not released any information about the incident.

About 100 firefighters from nine agencies have been assigned to the fire, which was fueled by wind gusts of 45 mph to 60 mph (72 to 96 kph). No buildings have been reported burned.

Boone is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Pueblo.

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