Evergreen fire near 100 percent containment

10:27 PM, Mar 21, 2011   |    comments
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Evergreen Fire says all evacuations have been lifted. Six homes were evacuated in the immediate area and an automatic emergency call was issued to an additional 200 homes asking residents to leave their homes as a precaution.

The fire department says piles of debris and trees in the area complicated their efforts to fight the fire.

Residents in the area gathered around the activity. Bob Cardwell lives less than a quarter of a mile from where the fire was burning.

"The way the wind was blowing, it looked like the smoke was heading right for [the house]," Cardwell said.

A last-minute wind shift pushed the flames back, saving his home. The shifting wind kept the fire going throughout the afternoon.

"I keep thinking the fire is going away," Wayne Snedker said. "The wind catches the smoke and raises it up some more."

The Red Cross set up an evacuation location at Evergreen High School but closed it as of TMonday evening.

Colorado Highway 74 at Bergen Park Road was closed for a short time due to the wildfire. It has since reopened.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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