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Grass fire burns more than 500 acres near Red Feather Lakes

The fire started as a car fire and is moving at a moderate to high rate of speed, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The grass fire burning on County Road 74E near McNay Hill in Larimer County did not grow overnight and remains 77% contained as of Tuesday morning, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said 

The McNay fire has burned 542 acres since it first started around noon on Sunday when a car caught fire and flames spread to surrounding vegetation.

Ground crews will continue working toward 100% containment of the fire, but aerial resources have been released. Smoke will be visible throughout the day Tuesday as areas of green fuel within the interior burn.

The Sheriff's Office earlier Monday said voluntary evacuations had been lifted in the area. No injuries and no damage to any structures have been reported. 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) on Monday announced that the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), a popular hunting area, has been shut down due to the fire. The Cherokee SWA has three parcels — lower, middle and upper.

County Road 74E was closed between Glacier View Gate and County Road 37 but the sheriff's office said Tuesday that all roads have reopened.

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