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50 Percent of Colorado Wildfire Contained by Crews

The second major wildfire to erupt this week in an outlying Denver suburb has grown to 1,600 acres and prompted about 8,500 residents to flee their homes.

GOLDEN, Colo. -- The second major wildfire to erupt this week in an outlying Denver suburb has grown to 1,600 acres and prompted about 8,500 residents to flee their homes.

The fire near Franktown, about 35 miles southeast of Denver, started Thursday afternoon and is being driven by winds of 35 mph and stronger. About 100 firefighters have contained 50 percent of the blaze, and people in two major subdivisions are being allowed to go home.

Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Ron Hanavan says 8,500 residents within a 4-mile radius of the fire were initially ordered to evacuate. Officials earlier said 8,500 houses were evacuated.

No homes have been damaged.

Crews also are fighting a roughly 2-square-mile fire in the foothills west of Denver. The fire west of Golden started Sunday and is burning in rugged, steep hills.

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