FORT COLLINS, Colorado - Calmer weather is allowing crews to gain the upper hand on a wildfire that has scorched between 750 and 1,000 acres west of Fort Collins.
Larimer County Sheriff's Department spokesman Nick Christensen, says the strong winds that caused havoc Friday have died down, and many of the residents who were forced to leave the area are now being allowed to return home. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.
Christensen says hundreds of phone lines received automated calls ordering evacuations, but he did not have an exact count on how many people were forced from their homes. All evacuation orders were expected to be lifted at 8 p.m.
The fire, which The Denver Post reports is 45 percent contained, is burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir.
The Associated Press