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Weather Puts Damper on Pair of Wildfires

From Times Wire Reports

Authorities lifted evacuation orders after rain and sleet dampened two wildfires that had threatened hundreds of homes and forced thousands to flee the Castle Rock area.

“We have a much better handle on the fire. There’s very little concern that it’s going to spread,” said Andy Lyon, a fire information officer, of a 1,200-acre blaze that had threatened 300 to 400 homes in the suburbs south of Denver.

The two blazes erupted Wednesday and were believed to have been started by damaged power lines.

The second, in the foothills northwest of Boulder, had threatened the historic mining village of Jamestown.

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