BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A fast-moving brush fire that burned four buildings and 151 acres, prompting the evacuation of 75 homes on Monday, was declared fully contained Tuesday morning, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.
Wind gusts up to nearly 70 mph combined with warm temperatures and dry conditions fueled the Rabbit Mountain Fire.
The fire started about 5 p.m. in the 6300 block of Ute Highway, between Hygiene and Lyons. No homes were lost, but three outbuildings and a barn burned, the sheriff’s office said.
At least one vehicle or a horse trailer is also believed to have been destroyed.
Twenty-five to 30 firefighters were mopping up and working to contain hot spots on Tuesday morning despite strong winds in the area.
Record high temperatures are expected along the Front Range on Tuesday and a red flag warning goes into effect later in the day.
Residents north of Ute Highway, west of the 6300 block, east of North 75th Street and south of Woodland Road (and Rabbit Mountain to the west) were forced to evacuate.
Evacuation orders were lifted for residents living south of Rabbit Mountain Road about 9 p.m. The remaining evacuation orders were lifted at 11 p.m.
Earlier on Monday, a grass fire burned two structures and 30 acres near Erie.
On Monday morning, two fires were aided by wind on Green Mountain. There has been seven suspicious fires on Green Mountain since November.
The fires have been helped by dry conditions across the Front Range. This is the second-warmest February on record in Denver with the last date of decent moisture being Jan. 6.