- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

FOWLER, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters are working to put out the remaining pockets of fire inside a 130-acre wildfire in southeastern Colorado to prevent embers from sparking new fires.

The fire outside the town of Fowler, about 40 miles east of Pueblo, was 75 percent contained Thursday despite gusts up to 35 mph.

La Junta fire chief Aaron Eveatt (Ehv-EE’-it) says over 30 firefighters were working to put out the hot spots. He says the area has about a 40 percent chance of getting precipitation - along with wind - from the coming spring storm.

He says the fire was started Wednesday by residual fire from a private, controlled burn on Tuesday that wasn’t completely extinguished.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from burning three homes Wednesday night.


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