Crews battle Rabbit Mountain Fire in Boulder County

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A fast-moving brush fire burned four buildings and 50 to 75 acres, prompting the evacuation of 75 homes on Monday, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

Wind gusts up to nearly 70 mph combined with warm temperatures and dry conditions fueled the Rabbit Mountain Fire, which was 75 percent contained Tuesday morning.

The fire started about 5 p.m. in the 6300 block of Ute Highway, between Hygiene and Lyons. No homes were lost, but three outbuildings and a barn burned, the sheriff’s office said.

At least one vehicle or a horse trailer is also believed to have been destroyed.

Crews were working Tuesday morning to contain hot spots, but strong winds were hampering firefighting efforts. Record high temperatures are expected on Tuesday and a red flag warning goes into effect later in the day.

Residents north of Ute Highway, west of the 6300 block, east of North 75th Street and south of Woodland Road (and Rabbit Mountain to the west) were forced to evacuate.

Evacuation orders were lifted for residents living south of Rabbit Mountain Road about 9 p.m. The remaining evacuation orders were lifted at 11 p.m.

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