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Grass fire in northern Larimer County now fully contained

Fewer than 10 homes were evacuated due to the fire, according to Poudre Fire Authority.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Fewer than 10 homes in northern Larimer County were evacuated due to a grass fire that burned about 80 acres Sunday afternoon, Poudre Fire Authority said.

The fire burned near the intersection of West County Road 78 and North County Road 17. That's about six miles west of Interstate 25 and 13 miles south of the Wyoming border. 

The fire was fully contained by 8:30 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.

The residents of the evacuated homes were notified on an individual basis, Poudre Fire Authority said. The evacuation orders have now been lifted.

Annie Bierbower with Poudre Fire Authority said they usually have a few grass fires this time of year, but rarely one so intense.

"I would say that it is unique to have one this large," she said. "I think the dryness of the weather that we're seeing, combined with the wind factor, really contributed to the quick growth of this fire. It's not entirely unusual to have grass fires in December, though. We do usually have a couple of few grass fires in the area this time of year." 

Poudre Fire Authority, Wellington Fire Protection District, Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Larimer County wildland firefighters responded to the fire. 

Crews remain on the scene Sunday night to monitor the fire and put out any hot spots.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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