Northern Colorado wildfire blamed on lightning

LIVERMORE, Colo. (AP) — Residents of 13 homes that were evacuated because of a 227-acre wildfire in northern Colorado are back home, but Larimer County sheriff's officials say they should be ready to leave again if fire conditions change.

Authorities said Tuesday that lightning started the wildfire, which has damaged at least two outbuildings since it started Monday.

The blaze was 45 percent contained Tuesday night, when residents who were told to leave were allowed to return. The fire is about 40 miles northwest of Fort Collins in rocky terrain north of where a camp stove ignited a wildfire last month.

In eastern Colorado, authorities think a cigarette thrown from a passing car may have ignited a 4-acre fire near Akron.

Meanwhile, a nearly 8-square-mile fire near Pagosa Springs is still smoldering.

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