Grass Fire Destroys Colorado Houses

Total of nine structures destroyed in Elbert County


DENVER (AP) — A grass fire near a rural Colorado community southeast of Denver has destroyed five homes and four barns but no one has been hurt.

Authorities say the fire in Elbert County began sometime about 10 a.m. Sunday and was driven by strong winds.

By mid-afternoon it had burned about 375 acres (152 hectares), but firefighters had gained about 90 percent containment.

Homes in the area were ordered evacuated while firefighters battled the fire.

Authorities said there were not initial reports of livestock being lost.

Another brush fire broke out near Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, threatening a housing area, but firefighters were able to save the homes.

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