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Larimer County wildfire fully contained

Evacuations had been ordered for residents on the north end of Soul Shine Road due to a wildfire that burned 14.6 acres.

ESTES PARK, Colo. — A 14-acre wildfire burning near Estes Park is now 100% contained, and all evacuations have been lifted.

The fire, named the Soul Shine Fire, burned 14.6 acres and is fully contained as of Wednesday evening.

The fire was first reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Soul Shine Road south of Highway 34, which is east of Estes Park, the sheriff's office said.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents on the north end of Soul Shine Road, and voluntary evacuations were issued from Soul Shine Road east to Brown Trout Lane on the south side of Highway 34. The sheriff's office said Tuesday that the mandatory evacuations had been downgraded to voluntary, and the previous voluntary evacuations had been lifted. 

Wednesday evening, the voluntary evacuations were also lifted and the road was opened back up. 

The fire was initially estimated to be about 23 acres in size, but better mapping reduced the size. It is burning on both Roosevelt National Forest land and private land, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters will continue to monitor and mop up the area in the coming days.

Credit: KUSA


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