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Colorado: Hewlett Fire now 45 percent contained

Evacuation orders lifted

The Hewlett Fire.

A spotfire burns along the bank of the Poudre River. PHOTO COURTESY USFS.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters made huge progress in their efforts to stop the 7,600-acre Hewlett Fire Friday, achieving 45 percent containment by the end of the day.

The human-caused fire has been burning through scattered timber and brush since May 14, at one point threatening a small subdivision, where residents were asked to evacuate. But my late Friday, all the evacuation orders were lifted and residents of the area returned home.

Conditions Friday were a contrast from the previous say, when the fire made intense uphill, runs and burned into the tree tops with torching and spotting ahead of the fire front.

By Friday, more than 500 firefighers were on hand, supported by a heavy air tanker and a smaller single-seat tanker and five helicopters. The planes were able to drop more than 8,000 gallons of retardant on the flames.

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