Contained 2,000 acre wildfire likely caused by welding sparks

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WELLINGTON, Colo. -- A wind-driven wildfire in northern Colorado that grew to 2,100 acres before sunset Saturday evening was completely contained Sunday morning, the Wellington Fire Department said.

The fire burned north of Wellington near the Buckeye Road exit west of Interstate 25 and about 20 miles north of Fort Collins.

The Wellington Fire Department said the Cattleman Fire was wind-driven and people who lived in the area were put on pre-evacuation notice just in case they would need to leave their homes.

At 6:09 p.m. Saturday, Wellington Fire said the fire was 85 percent contained and crews were in mop-up stages.

The pre-evacuation notice was lifted at about 7:45 p.m.

No structures were lost and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries, officials said in a statement released Sunday.

A spokesman said a separate fire, the Ranchland Fire, burned 225 acres east of Interstate 25. The fire was fully contained around 3 p.m.

Dry, warm, windy conditions have made the situation perfect for fast-moving fires in many parts of Colorado. The same conditions are forecast for Sunday.

The cause of the fire is determined to be welding sparks falling onto prairie grass.

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