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Stuart Hole Fire 95 Percent Contained, Full Containment Expected Thursday Evening

Stuart Hole Fire
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Firefighters are getting the upper hand on the fire burning northwest of Fort Collins, and some rain in the area overnight helped a lot.  The Stuart Hole Fire is now estimated at 95% containment with full containment expected by Thursday evening. Crews will continue working on mop-up operations and repair work today. About 23 firefighters will continue working the fire today.

Road restrictions have been lifted; however, residents and visitors are requested to use caution as there will still be emergency vehicles in the area.

Residents are also advised that fire crews have marked hazardous trees with colored ribbon. These marked trees should be avoided as they are dangerous.

The Stuart Hole Fire was caused by lightning and was first reported on Monday, June 4 at about 12:30 p.m. in the area of CR82E and CR80C. The fire reached a size of 227 acres. Evacuations of 13 homes in the Boxer Ranch Road area were ordered on Monday but were lifted on Tuesday. Two to three out buildings were damaged by the fire.

Residents can expect to see smoke in the area for several days.

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