Lightning-caused Starwood Fire burns 350 acres, at 35 percent containment

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- While firefighters are working to contain the Starwood Fire burning in northern Larimer County, officials called a community meeting Monday night at the Livermore Community Church.

Residents affected by the fire were told lightning started the fire. It was at 350 acres and 35 percent contained as of Monday night.

The fire broke out just before noon Sunday after officials received reports of smoke east  of 1000 North County Road 59 and north of 80C (Cherokee Park Road), the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

On Monday morning, officials said the fire was still at 10 percent containment and 300 acres after not growing overnight.

Mandatory evacuation orders were given for 30 homes in the Mill Creek subdivision, and on the east side of County Road 59 between 80C and the Colorado-Wyoming border, the sheriff's office said.

Forty-three contacts in the Mill Creek subdivision have received evacuation notices, the sheriff's office said.

Officials said 30 structures threatened by the fire, but there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Forty to 60 firefighters from several agencies are in the area working the fire. Officials expect more than 100 firefighters will work the fire on Monday.