Colorado Springs fire contained |

Colorado Springs fire contained

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ” An 8,000-acre wildfire that burned three homes east of Colorado Springs has been contained.

The blaze was fully contained by about 8 p.m. Friday, about seven hours after a lightning strike started the fire on the dry plains. The National Weather Service reported winds blowing at 22 miles per hour in Colorado Springs part of that time.

A total of 17 structures were burned, including outbuildings and four trailers that didn’t appear to be homes.

The fire follows the driest July on record in Colorado Springs. Only 0.29 of an inch of precipitation was recorded last month, breaking the record set in 1924 with 0.30 of an inch.

In western Colorado near Norwood, a 300-acre wildfire is burning on federal land but no structures are threatened.

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