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Fire burning east of Pueblo 95 percent contained

By: KKTV
April 13, 2018 Updated: April 13, 2018 at 8:56 am
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Town of Boone, in Pueblo County, evacuated for a brush fire (KKTV)

UPDATE: 8:52 AM

The Double Fork Fire is 95 percent contained, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office tweeted. The fire is still burning across about 500 acres.

Crews will work be working to fully contain and extinguish the fire Friday.

The cause is under investigation.

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UPDATE: 8:07 PM Thursday

The evacuation of Boone has been lifted. Residents can begin returning home. All residents should use Highway 96 to return to their homes. Fire is 60 percent contained. Crews will continue working through the night on the fire.

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On a day where the state was warning of high fire danger, the town of Boone was evacuated as crews were battling a brush fire in Pueblo County on Thursday. At least one person was taken to the hospital because of the fire.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said the fire was burning in the area of 55th Lane and had burned about 450 acres by 5:30 p.m. About 230 homes had been evacuated.

The smoke from the fire forced the closure of Highway 50 and Highway 96 east of the Chemical Depot to Fowler.

Those being evacuated can go to Pueblo County High School.

As of 5:38 p.m. the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office was reporting at least one person was taken to the hospital because of the blaze. That person's condition was not publicly announced.

Read the full story at KKTV News.

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