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Crews Respond To Fires In Boulder County, Fort Carson

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An image of a fire burning in Boulder County on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

An image of a fire burning in Boulder County on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Firefighters responded to several reports of lightning-sparked fires in Boulder County Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said at least two wildfires were burning near Lyons, north of Boulder Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say a quickly moving fire near Coffintop Mountain in north Boulder County is about 20 acres. Fire crews are using aircraft to attack it.

People in 15 homes are on standby in case they need to leave.

A fire that started Sunday and has charred 60 acres in Lefthand Canyon west of Boulder is 80 percent contained.

In southern Colorado, planes continue to drop water on hot spots in a 7-square-mile wildfire near Westcliffe. The blaze is 80 percent contained.

A 50-acre fire in a training area at Fort Carson outside Colorado Spring was 50 percent contained Wednesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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