- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on wildfires burning in Colorado (all times local):

9 p.m.

Firefighters have fully contained a wildfire that destroyed eight homes near Nederland.

The Cold Springs Fire, which scorched 528 acres over the course of a week, was contained Thursday evening and the last remaining evacuees were allowed to return home. Fire officials warned that returning residents might encounter hazards that include fire-weakened trees, blowing ash and stump holes.

Two men accused of accidentally starting the fire by not fully extinguishing their campfire were charged Wednesday with fourth-degree arson, which carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison.

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8:30 p.m.

Five firefighters traveling to a wildfire in southern Colorado were hospitalized with minor injuries after a crash on Interstate 25 near Fort Collins.

Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, says the interagency crew assigned to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National forests was headed to the Hayden Pass Fire when they crashed Thursday afternoon.

Nate Reid, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol, tells The Denver Post that two fire trucks were hit by a tractor-trailer as they approached stopped traffic.

No other injuries were reported.

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7:20 p.m.

A U.S. Forest Service official says five firefighters traveling to a wildfire in southern Colorado were hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 25 near Fort Collins.

Agency spokesman Lawrence Lujan says the firefighters assigned to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National forests were headed to the Hayden Pass Fire when they crashed Thursday.

Lujan did not say how serious the firefighters’ injuries are, and he did not release any details about the circumstances of the crash.

More information is expected to be released Thursday night.

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3:20 p.m.

Firefighters are working to keep a wildfire from advancing toward homes outside Durango.

The Black Ridge Fire is burning on 78 acres Thursday but crews have built fire line around 40 percent of it. Fire spokesman Scot Davis says slurry has also been dropped along nearly all of the fire’s perimeter and an area burned by previous fires is slowing its growth toward an estimated 50 to 80 houses in a nearby canyon.

Residents have been warned to be ready to evacuate if the fire moves closer. It’s believed to have been started by lightning several days before taking off on Wednesday.

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11 a.m.

Authorities plan to let some residents evacuated by the wildfire burning near Coaldale back to their homes for two hours on Friday to take care of things there.

About 140 homes have been evacuated by the Hayden Pass Fire, including about 40 on Wednesday.

Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker says only the earlier wave of evacuees will be allowed back for now.

The 20 square mile fire has destroyed a summer cabin since it flared up Sunday after being sparked by a lightning strike a few days before in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

Fire managers hope to have all homes defended against the fire in the next four days.

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8:40 a.m.

Firefighters are close to fully containing a wildfire that’s destroyed eight homes near Nederland.

The Cold Springs Fire is 80 percent contained and crews hope to have it completely contained by Thursday evening. The last remaining evacuees are expected to be able to return home then.

Two men accused of accidentally starting the fire by not fully extinguishing their campfire were charged Wednesday with fourth degree arson. It carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison.

In southern Colorado, people are still evacuated because of the Hayden Pass Fire burning near Coaldale. New fires are also burning in the Durango area and in Eagle County near Sylvan Lake State Park.

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This story corrects the 7:20 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. entries to show that the firefighting crew was not assigned to the Cold Springs Fire.


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