Most Park County fire evacuees allowed home |

Most Park County fire evacuees allowed home

GUFFEY, Colorado ” Most of the 100 residents evacuated because of a 1,115-acre wildfire in Park County were allowed back home on Sunday.

Fire officials lifted an evacuation order for all but seven of the approximately 50 houses that had been evacuated. Fire spokesman Ben Brack said firefighters want an extra 24 hours to protect the remaining houses from the fire, which was 50 percent contained.

Rain showers on Saturday night helped firefighters gain ground on the fire. Showers and lightning were possible again Sunday but the accompanying winds could make it more difficult to fight the fire.

Firefighters were working to extinguish or remove materials still burning within in the fire area.

They were also cutting down trees at risk of falling, called “snags,” to protect firefighters and returning residents.

Fires can burn the roots of trees making them vulnerable to toppling. Strong fires can also produce their own weather, including wind, which can knock trees over, leaving them resting precariously in the branches of other trees.

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