Weld grass fire prompts evacuations in Evans

EVANS, Colo. - Several dozen people were evacuated from the western half of the Dos Rios subdivision in Evans on Wednesday afternoon after a large grass fire threatened homes there.

The fire had burned 140 to160 acres before it was controlled.

"It spread a little more than anybody realized I guess," said Sheriff's office spokesman Steve Reams told 7NEWS.

A single-engine air tanker dropped red fire retardant to keep the fire from spreading.

The blaze began on the north side of 47th Street, jumped the road and spread to an area bounded by 47th Street on the north, 65th Avenue on the west and up to the subdivision, the Tribune reported.

Reams said residents were allowed back into their homes but they should remain on pre-evacuation status. He said 25 to 40 homes were evacuated but only seven were directly threatened.

The fire was first reported at 11 a.m, the Greeley Tribune reported.