Horse feared dead in Boulder County fire

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A fire in Boulder County between Longmont and Lyons forced the evacuations of 75 homes on Monday.

By early evening, the flames had destroyed three outbuildings and a barn in fields with livestock.

"I'm pretty frightful. I'm scared," evacuee Van Rollo said.

As the sun went down, homeowners like Rollo were told to get out. Rollo hurried to turn on a sprinkler system before leaving. He also said he attempted to save a neighbor's horse.

"I was trying to save a horse back on that horse property and he's stuck back there -- afraid to death -- and we couldn't get him," Rollo said. "We did everything we could."

The horse is feared dead, though an injured horse was found Tuesday morning. It's not known if it's the same horse that was stuck.

The fast-moving flames that created a massive challenge for crews.

"I watched this fire move a half-mile in about 25 to 30 seconds," Rollo said.

The Rabbit Mountain Fire is just south of a large county park, north of Highway 66, in an area with more than a dozen homes.

The fire burned 50-75 acres and it was 75 percent contained Monday night. Evacuation orders were lifted by 11 p.m.