The Denver Post

BUFFALO FIRE 45% CONTAINED

- — Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post

All Buffalo fire evacuation­s have been lifted after firefighte­rs reached 45 percent containmen­t on the wildfire that consumed 91 acres of mountainou­s terrain with heavy timber 2 miles west of Silverthor­ne.

On Friday, firefighte­rs were mopping up and hoping approachin­g rain would help douse the fire burning in an area devastated by beetle kill. Firefighte­rs removed hazardous trees around the fire’s perimeter where the threat to safety is minimal.

“Our firefighte­rs are dealing with safety issues such as hazard trees and driving; we ask the public to remain clear of the fire area and allow our crews to perform their work,” said safety officer Brian Ayers.

Ayers warned residents that with rain in the forecast and some fire retardant still on roads, they should drive carefully. When fire retardant gets wet, roads get slippery, he said.

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