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Colorado governor lifts statewide fire ban

Rain and cooler temperatures on Sunday prompted Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to lift a statewide fire ban as the threat of wildfires subsided.

“Mother Nature is finally giving us some relief,” Hickenlooper said in a press release. “Even though the 2012 wildfire season is far from over and still challenging, we believe conditions are such that local authorities and federal land managers ought to resume control over fire bans in their jurisdictions. Many counties have fire bans in place that will not change as a result of this executive order.” 

Fire crews have gained the upper hand on existing major fires in Colorado and no new fires have been reported, the governor said.

The Waldo Canyon fire, which destroyed nearly 350 homes, making it the most destructive wildfire in state history, was 98 percent contained. The fire burned more than 18,000 acres and killed two residents. Early estimates place the property damage well in excess of $110 million.

The High Park fire is 100 percent contained, the Weber fire is 90 percent contained and the Little Sand fire is 40 percent contained. 

“We will continue to monitor the fire danger across the state and re-enact the state-wide ban if necessary as conditions change,”Hickenlooper said. 

The fire ban was imposed June 14. It applied to open burning, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fused explosives and private use of fireworks.

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