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Hewlett Fire 94 Percent Contained

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(credit: CBS)

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LIVERMORE, Colo. (AP) – Firefighters in northern Colorado are nearing full containment of a blaze that has scorched about 12 square miles.

The fire near Livermore was 94 percent contained Monday night. Managers expect to have the fire fully surrounded by containment lines by Tuesday evening.

About a half inch of rain fell at the fire on Saturday, which helped firefighters gain the upper hand on the blaze. It’s not growing much now, but fire managers say there are still some hot spots within the perimeter.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a camper started the fire with an outdoor stove in the Roosevelt National Forest and was unable to stamp it out.

The U.S. Forest Service says costs of fighting the fire have reached about $3.2 million.

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