Wellington-area fire fully contained; fire conditions remain

9NEWS @ 5. 3/5/2017

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - A fast-moving fire that scorched 2,000 acres north of Fort Collins on Saturday has been 100 percent contained, but weather conditions remained Sunday that would fuel more such wildfires.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Sunday that cautioned of high winds, low humidity and above average temperatures that would contribute to rapid fire spread along the Front Range foothills and through the plains across northeast Colorado.

Forecasters cautioned that, should a fire start, the conditions would provoke to "extreme fire behavior" — meaning that the warm winds would push wildfires through dry vegetation quickly.

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The fire Saturday, dubbed the Cattleman Fire, was a wind-driven grass fire. Crews from the Wellington Fire Protection District remained on scene of the Cattleman Fire overnight to continue mop up efforts, but they were able to leave the scene Sunday morning, according to agency spokeswoman Rachael Gonzales. The fire was fully contained about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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