LAST CHANCE, Colo. (CBS4) – Crews have gotten total containment on the Last Chance Fire that broke out on Monday and quickly spread across 45,000 acres.
The fire destroyed a total of nine structures in the town of Last Chance, including two homes. Two other homes also burned north of the small town. The fire also destroyed a fire truck.
Several roads that were closed on Monday after the grass fire broke out were open again on Tuesday morning. A Red Cross shelter that was set up at Akron High School was also closing on Tuesday.
Landline phone service and some power service is out in parts of Washington County because of the fire. Utility crews say it could take as much as a week to completely restore the service.
Authorities said they think the fire started early Monday afternoon when a car blew a tire on Highway 71 at County Road 7 and the sparks from the flat triggered the flames.