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Brighton Grass Fire Caused By Controlled Burn

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Copter4 flew over the brush fire burning near Brighton Friday afternoon. (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over the brush fire burning near Brighton Friday afternoon. (credit: CBS)

BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters in Brighton say that a 100-plus acre grass fire that burned Friday afternoon was caused by a controlled burn that got out of control.

A resident was burning trash legally when the fire jumped out of bounds. Heavy winds pushed it quickly into dried out grass, causing it to spread rapidly.

“Everybody in the neighborhood was trying to get their animals and just make sure everybody was out of their homes,” Jenny Hoffman said.

Hoffman lost a shed to the fire.

“I could see flames coming halfway across the road just to the north of our place,” Hoffman said. “The fire was behind our property, blowing smoke into our house.
Firefighters say that it’s unusually dry for this time of year. The winds and sun dry out grasses left over from the summer, causing fire danger.

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