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Four Mile Canyon Fire at 100% containment, evacuations lifted

HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. - A wildfire burning in Huerfano County is 100% contained, and all evacuations for the Blackhawk subdivision have been lifted.

The fire may have burned more than 30 acres.

Firefighters said it took more than fire crews to battle the flames.

Ray Ryan lives near where the fire happened. He said fire prevention projects helped his home survive the fire.

"We have to remove fuels from buildings and structures or we are going to lose them, and then the fire department can't come in here and defend," he said.

Lt. Jeff Williams works for the Salvation Army. He said if the firefighters don't eat or drink, they won't have enough energy to battle the fire.

"They have their work to do, and we have to keep them hydrated and well fed so they can do what they need to do," he said.

Tom Severance said he felt the fire wasn't going to reach his home, and he decided to the help the firefighters.

"The first thing we did was establish communication, and get our smoke spotters in and trying to locate the fire and lead firefighters to the right area," he said.

The fire was reported to the Huerfano County Dispatch around 12:30 Sunday (6/1/14) afternoon.

Huerfano County firefighters believe the fire was caused by lightning.

Agencies that helped fight the fire include: Huerfano County Fire Protection, LaVeta, Gardner, Spanish Peaks Bon Carbo, Purgatore Fire and Rescue and Stonewall Fire protection, Cañon City, Juniper Valley Hotshot Crew, Huerfano County Road and Bridge.

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