Wildfire Outside of Walsenburg 100 Percent Contained

Mother Nature played a significant role, firefighters say, in helping them to get the upper hand in a wildfire burning outside Walsenburg.

Less than 48 hours after the fire was first reported, firefighters have the Four Mile Canyon Fire 100 percent contained.

The fire was first reported Sunday 10 miles east of the Blackhawk subdivision and northwest of Four Mile Canyon Road, and spread to 15 acres by nightfall. More than 70 homes were evacuated. One home was reportedly threatened.

Firefighters believe 30 acres total were burned in the fire.

The incident commander says they think lightning started the fire, but they haven't ruled on the exact cause.

Favorable weather Monday--decreasing winds and rising humidity--helped firefighters fully contain the wildfire. However, with weather conditions Tuesday shifting back to being ripe for fire potential, firefighters will remain in the area to ensure there are no further issues.

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