Forest Ridge Fire near Kiowa contained after destroying 4 homes, 5 outbuildings

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ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. -- The Forest Ridge Fire near Kiowa was contained Sunday night after destroying four homes and five outbuildings, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office said.

All roadways have reopened, evacuated residents have been allowed to return home and crews will work through the night to extinguish hot spots.

The wildland fire, which burned 370 acres, broke out near County Road 118 and County Road 45, south of Kiowa, on Sunday morning.

The fire, fueled by gusty winds, caused evacuations between Maul Road and west of County Road 45, and between County Road 118 and County Road 110.

It sent smoke visible for miles. By 3:30 p.m., the fire was 90 percent contained.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears to be accidental in nature, the sheriff's office said.

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